This Book is Not Required

This Book is Not Required Revised by a team of college students under the direction of Bernard McGrane this edition of an underground classic marks out new territory in college participatory education Its purpose remains the

  • Title: This Book is Not Required
  • Author: Inge Bell
  • ISBN: 9781878020048
  • Page: 292
  • Format: Paperback
  • Revised by a team of college students under the direction of Bernard McGrane, this edition of an underground classic marks out new territory in college participatory education Its purpose remains the same to encourage students to educate themselves by calling their attention to the college experience as a whole the personal, social, intellectual, and spiritual demands aRevised by a team of college students under the direction of Bernard McGrane, this edition of an underground classic marks out new territory in college participatory education Its purpose remains the same to encourage students to educate themselves by calling their attention to the college experience as a whole the personal, social, intellectual, and spiritual demands and opportunities presented by college life In a personable and refreshingly straightforward style, Bell and McGrane s critical discussion of academic life distinguishes between learning the institutional rules of higher education and internalizing those rules, demystifies professors and teaching assistants by discussing their institutional roles and incentives, and invites students to take responsibility for and make the most of their educational experiences.

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    1. This book is a MUST-READ for all college freshmen! It's been a while since I've read it, but Inge Bell gives such astute insights and invaluable perspectives on the ways in which we are often misled by what we feel we should be getting out of our undergraduate experiences, and what we should really be pursuing.

    2. I'm glad this book is not required. While it raises some good points, it handles them superficially. Ii required constant adjustment to move between the 2 tones - chummy and professorial dictates. The advice in the first chapter is disingenuous offering to the student not to take grades seriously and baring that, to change one's major, take time off from college, take courses pass-fail, or switch to a junior college. The next chapter is not much better; it sounds like the gist, while not so coar [...]

    3. This book is essential reading for anyone in school. It helps with every aspect of the non-academic side of academics. Try to find the first edition though - the second ed. was revised and changed after her death.

    4. Read this book. NOW. Not only was it revised and edited by a professor of mine, (Hi, Barney!) but it is an incredibly insightful look at the American educational system-- from a Buddhist perspective. Good stuff-- very useful for anyone going to school.

    5. Read this back in the APU days for a class and still think about some of the things inside. That is something that will always be carried with me. I know it sounds weird.

    6. I wish I read this book as an undergrad! It confirms much of what I have been thinking about over the last few years.

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