Sunday, November 22, 2015

Lit Review 5

Saunders, Daniel. The Impact of Neoliberalism on College Students. Journal of College and
Character, 2007. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.2202/1940-1639.1620


This scholarly article is written by Daniel Saunders. He writes about the impact of neoliberalism on college students. He writes how neoliberalism is taking the learning experience out of college and making it of an item which has cost and benefit but no intrinsic value. He writes of college as something you buy to benefit yourself extrinsically- for the sake of having a degree- rather than intrinsically- for the sake of furthering your education and knowledge in a particular subject. College has become something that society has forced into a social norm that students "have to go to" in order to be accepted in the modern world. Not only accepted by people, but to be able to get a job that pays more than minimum wage. We are paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for a piece of paper saying that we earned a degree and we are getting nothing more out of it other than that according to Saunders.


In the neoliberal world, education is increasingly dominated by individualistic goals and extrinsic benefits in which students are consumers of an educational product” (Saunders).

“No longer is education seen as a social good with intrinsic value, but instead it has been reconceptualized as a commodity that a student purchases for his or her own gain” (Saunders).

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