Battling Bias

Battling Bias

The Struggle for Identity and Community on College Campuses

Written by: Ruth Sidel

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140158311
  • 304 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


Politicians, philosophers, and academics have spent countless hours debating the issues of greatest concern on college campuses today: multiculturalism, political correctness, race relations, sexual politics, and gender. But what has been noticeably missing from their discussions are the voices of the students themselves. Battling Bias is one of the first books to offer an analysis of their actions and reactions on their own college campuses. In this work a wide variety of students from both public and private schools across the country share their pain and anger, their concerns and experiences and the impact on their lives of the surge of conflicts so omnipresent on campuses today. Sidel explores these issues against a backdrop of our current economic problems and polarities, our increasingly diverse society and changing patterns of immigration. She discusses the key problems for American higher education (including who should have access to it), and offers solutions. This unique contribution to the continuing debate on the role of education in a democratic society should be required reading for anyone interested in the future of our schools and of our nation.

Table of Contents

Battling Bias Acknowledgments
Part One
1. Who Shall Learn?
2. The Societal Context
3. Conflict Within the Ivory Tower
Part Two
4. Coping with Bliss
5. Speaking Out
6. Leading Students
7. Walking in Two Worlds
8. Facing Diversity
Part Three
9. A Matter of Survival
Selected Reading