The Pursuit of Excellence Through Education by Michel Ferrari
Although the pursuit of excellence is as old as academics itself, the increasing diversity of the student population and limited resources are obliging educators and policymakers to return to the fundamental questions about the nature of excellence at the heart of the educational process. Specific definitions of excellence may change over time; however, few things are considered more important to education than the pursuit of academic excellence. It is almost impossible to imagine an effective educator who does not aim to promote excellent performances in his or her charges.
This volume allows those who emphasize transforming institutions and those who emphasize transforming individual activity to jointly consider how best to promote excellence through education. The point is not to favor either institutional or individual pursuit of excellence; rather, it is to raise the question of the relative responsibilities of each of these two poles to the human dialectic. Stated another way, the point is to consider how these two divergent viewpoints can be reconciled, or simply coordinated, in an effort to benefit both students and society at large.