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reader ´ Generous Thinking ☆ Kathleen Fitzpatrick Higher education occupies a difficult place in twenty first century American culture Universities the institutions that bear so much responsibility for the future health of our nation are at odds with the very publics they are intended to serve As Kathleen Fitzpatrick asserts it is imperative that we re center the mission of the university to rebuild that lost trust Critical thinking the heart of what academics do can today often negate refuse and reject new ideasIn an age characterized by rampant anti intellectualism Fitzpatrick charges the academy with thinking constructively rather than compe I chose to read this book as part of a project for my HIED 801 College and University Leadership course I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this book because sometimes I'm a fan of radical approaches and sometimes they scare me to death But I was pleasantly surprised with this book Kathleen Fitzpatrick made me think deeply about higher education reform in a way that very few higher education books ever have In the Introduction Fitzpatrick breaks down some issues with the competitive nature of higher education both within and outside of the institutions She promotes generous thinking as a way to collaborate rather than compete with the general public and with each other both on an institutional and individual level She acknowledges that this reuires a complete rethinking of how higher education operates and interacts with people and she promises to take us through how that rethinking might occur Chapter 1 On Generosity is all about how education can be generous through our acts our values our feelings and our practices Fitzpatrick spends uite a bit of time at the end of the chapter discussing the importance of listening She argues that we don't listen enough in higher education true and encourages us to rethink why that is and how to be better listeners to each other and to the public In Chapter 2 by far my favorite Fitzpatrick dissects the processes and practices of reading within the academy and within the public She argues that higher education has long used reading to create divides and discusses how we can instead use it to create community and collaboration As an English teacher turned higher education professional this chapter was like a song to me Fitzpatrick's use of reading as an allegory for higher education's relationship with the public is nothing short of genius in my opinion and she executes it wonderfully accessible way Chapter 3 delves into working within and among the public Fitzpatrick talks a lot about open access journals and how to engage the public in the work of the academy When she talks about engagement she's referring to deep relational consistent and purposeful engagement She is not referring to short term partnerships or an exchange of money or services This was the chapter where I really started to think Fitzpatrick starts to get practical in this chapter and some of her proposals completely buck traditional norms in higher education which for the record I am completely on board with The practicality continues in Chapter 4 when Fitzpatrick digs deeply into the paradigm shifts that must occur within the university in order to make these changes and shift toward generosity and empathy rather than privatization and competition She is not afraid to think big and push the envelope which I appreciated and enjoyed I found myself shaking my head during this chapter uite a bit Fitzpatrick concludes with a call to action to engage in conversation around these issues not to be afraid to think big to collaborate with our community members and to work for the good of the public I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to everyone who works in higher education in any form anyone who lives in or near a town with a university and really anyone who cares about education in the United States at all

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read Generous Thinking doc ✓ Hardcover ✓ kathleen fitzpatrick ☆ Higher education occupies a difficult place in twenty first century American culture Universities the institutions that bear so much responsibility for the future health of our nation are at odds with the very publics they are intended Titively building new ideas rather than tearing old ones down She urges us to rethink how we teach the humanities and to refocus our attention on the very human ends the desire for community and connection that the humanities can best serve One key aspect of that transformation involves fostering an atmosphere of what Fitzpatrick dubs generous thinking a mode of engagement that emphasizes listening over speaking community over individualism and collaboration over competitionFitzpatrick proposes ways that anyone who cares about the future of higher education can work to build better relationships Kathleen Fitzpatrick has long been a proponent of altering the fundamental values of higher education and university infrastructure What she's proposing is a values based structure as opposed to the competitive political jockeying for everything funding students prestige in a univsersity setting It's risky to propose throwing out the status uo for faculty because faculty in all public universities have a say in the university through shared governance If we can change that outlook from the faculty on up instead of top down we'll have a system that can articulate the needs for curricular shifts and move the needle on the anti education thread that seems to be running through our country Ed tech is not going to save the university system Vocational training is not going to save the university system nor the US need for engaged citizens Her writing is accessible at all levels Though it refers to the existing university infrastructure it's plausible that an interested reader will understand that the current system isn't working It's not meant as a roadmap Kathleen never pretends to provide a universal salve Instead this is an invitation to think differently and take that to your committees to ask other faculty to join in that exploration of values in order to solve some of the university's issues

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Generous ThinkingBetween our colleges and universities and the public thereby transforming the way our society functions She encourages interested stakeholders to listen to and engage openly with one another's concerns by reading and exploring ideas together; by creating collective projects focused around common interests; and by ensuring that our institutions of higher education are structured to support and promote work toward the public good Meditating on how and why we teach the humanities Generous Thinking is an audacious book that privileges the ability to empathize and build rather than simply tear apart I have much admiration for the spirit behind this book particularly its desire to do away with the competitiveness that surrounds all aspects of academia and renew our commitment to thinking of all education as a public service For the most part I also found all of Fitzpatrick's ideas compelling and smart However I didn't feel like the book succeeded in achieving what she suggested she wanted a book that would be easily read and understood by those outside academia I could be wrong about this Fitzpatrick rightfully points out that many of these people have been educated and trained by us and are sophisticated and critical readers and thinkers than we might imagine them to be But it wasn't the tone or jargon in Fitzpatrick's book that made me think it might be a touch too inaccessible to most outside academia It was the presumed knowledge that I couldn't uite imagine would be familiar to even academics outside of the humanities and social sciences All of this said I'd recommend this to anyone in academia It's an incredibly important subject One that far of us should be grappling with