How to Fix Education:
A Guide to Direct Action




If we assume the capture of the American university by the “national economic dogma,” as Nietzsche called education in the service of money-making careerism, what concrete actions might a change-minded instructor take? This is the question driving How to Fix Education.


Review by Davood Gozli, Professor of Psychology


Wallis’s book isn’t (just) a book in the philosophy of education. It is a book about being human. It’s a book about learning to be, and insisting on being, human in the concrete here-and-now. It’s a book about bracketing out the world outside of the classroom. At least for a time. In prefiguring the world we wish to live in, we attempt to create a microcosm that reflects our values. A microcosm that allows for the expression and development of our values. As such, we practice and embody the motto "everything is in everything".

In the classroom, we can practice bracketing out the world as it is now. By ignoring the “practical” life (the apparent impossibility of change) outside of the classroom, we allow ourselves to see and to reach for what is within our grasp (the possibility of change), namely our actions in the classroom.

How to Fix Education is a book for (a gift to) you if you want to be an educator. It’s a book for you if you care about being a good educator. I should read it again. And I should think and talk about it again. With colleagues and students. I am thankful to Glenn Wallis for writing it. For embodying and prefiguring his ideals of education in this book. (




1 Introduction   

2 The Divided Pathway of the Humanities      

3 Subject to the Spectacle    

4 Subject to Another World     

5 The Force of Prefiguration    

6 The Space of Concrete Utopia    

7 The Pedagogy of Unlearning   

8 The Ethics of the Worst Necessary   

9 Conclusion  
10 Glossary of Terms

About the Author




"It is a common assumption among professors that this is just the way things are, and that radical experiments in the classroom cannot be carried out under the current system. While it is quite true that the current education system actively opposed the kind of approach described in How to Fix Education, Wallis argues forcefully that any changes we hope to see within the university must originate in the classroom, rather than in the administrative offices, for it is within the former that student subject formation takes place. It is the deep responsibility of educators to resist the repressive program forced upon the classroom by the logic of the neoliberal university. How to Fix Education provides a critically necessary outline of just what such resistance may look like." Read the full review by Chaim Wigder.

"I found this book when I needed it the most, toward the end of a very tiring academic semester. After months of trying new methods of teaching and mostly failing. I found in the book another person for whom education is an issue. A problem. A question. A quest. That, in and of itself, was remedy for my heart and soul. It was refreshing to read Wallis’s words." Read the full post by Davood Gozli.


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