The Student: A Short History


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About the Author

Michael S. Roth is president of Wesleyan University. His books include Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters and Safe Enough Spaces: A Pragmatist's Approach to Inclusion, Free Speech, and Political Correctness on College Campuses. He lives in Middletown, CT.


"This is a book for anyone who loves teaching and learning. As author and Wesleyan President Michael Roth makes abundantly clear in this lyrical reflection, every great prof is a perpetual student and often the actual student is the best teacher. Whether discussing Confucius or W. E. B. Du Bois, Roth never loses sight of the ideals of growth, curiosity, attention--and even the power of passionate confusion--as the beating heart of learning. This is a welcome antidote to the hyperbolic critiques of youth in the mass media. Instead, it gives us welcome, insider insights into what it means to be a student today and every day."--Cathy N. Davidson, author of The New Education

"Creating a roadmap for how to best prepare today's students to thrive in work, citizenship, and life, Roth offers an innovative look at what it means to be a good student and a good teacher."--Lynn Pasquerella, president, American Association of Colleges and Universities

"There are countless books about higher education but remarkably few about the people for whom that education is intended and around whose needs it should be built: that is, students. Michael Roth writes engagingly and thoughtfully about what students have been, are, and should be. His work is a refreshing counterpoint to the oversimplified views of today's students so widespread in popular narratives."--Brian Rosenberg, President Emeritus, Macalester College

"Every new generation of students seems to believe that studenthood really starts with them. Michael Roth corrects the adorable misconception by recourse to history, in the process showing that this feeling of a new beginning is what has rendered studenthood so potent across ages. The Student is highly readable, packed with encyclopedic knowledge, and immensely instructive. The best teachers are those who remain students at heart, and Michel Roth has never ceased to be one."--Costica Bradatan, author of In Praise of Failure