The Student

The Student A Short History

Hardback (03 Nov 2023)

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From the president of Wesleyan University, an illuminating history of the student, spanning from antiquity to Zoom

"[Roth] has a clear vision for what it ought to mean to be a student: Learn what you love to do, get better at it, and then share it with others."-David Perry, Washington Post


In this sweeping book, Michael S. Roth narrates a vivid and dynamic history of students, exploring some of the principal models for learning that have developed in very different contexts, from the sixth century BCE to the present.

Beginning with the followers of Confucius, Socrates, and Jesus and moving to medieval apprentices, students at Enlightenment centers of learning, and learners enrolled in twenty-first-century universities, he explores how students have been followers, interlocutors, disciples, rebels, and children becoming adults. There are many ways to be a student, Roth argues, but at their core is developing the capacity to think for oneself by learning from others, and thereby finding freedom.

In an age of machine learning, this book celebrates the student who develops more than mastery, cultivating curiosity, judgment, creativity, and an ability to keep learning beyond formal schooling. Roth shows how the student throughout history has been someone who interacts dynamically with the world, absorbing its lessons and creatively responding to them.

Book information

ISBN: 9780300250039
Publisher: Yale University Press
Imprint: Yale University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 371.809
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 368g
Height: 147mm
Width: 224mm
Spine width: 24mm