In recent years it has become almost normal for politicians to overtly and routinely lie. How should educators respond? Students should explore post-truth politics, develop research skills, and practice inquirybased factual writing, but they need more than literacy skills. Liberal education prepares them to be active, ethical participants in democracy.
Ann Jurecic is associate professor in the Department of English at Rutgers University. Her first book, Illness as Narrative (2012), charts the emergence of personal and literary writing about illness in the twentieth century. She has just completed the second edition of Habits of the Creative Mind (2019), a collection of essays about learning to write, cowritten with Richard Miller. She is currently at work on a book about women nonfiction writers in the twentieth century titled Society of Outsiders: Women and Political Nonfiction, 1960–2001. Jurecic is associate editor for the journal Literature and Medicine and from 2015 to 2018 cowrote a book column for the medical journal Lancet.