PLAIN TALK ABOUT COLLEGE by Allen Ludden

PLAIN TALK ABOUT COLLEGE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Marshal your energies, line up at the post, listen for the bell, and Zoom, get into the race! That great unrelenting competitive race in which he who does not wish to win or participate is labeled ""unamerican"" or at least in possession of ""phony values"". Contradictions abound as this author in ""plain talk"" (which does not a for a moment conceal his stale stodginess) lets us in on the ways to achieve ""real values"" and an ""uncluttered attitude"" via lists of ""how-tos and ""dos and don'ts"". The student who is well motivated toward an activity finds no problem in concentration and mastery. Therefore, kids, get motivated toward your studies; they're really fascinating! Can the student who has been reared in competition, marks, getting in and getting ahead possibly appreciate the intrinsic values of college, learning for instance? This author thinks he can have both. If schooling is regarded as a lap in a race track, it is difficult for the racer to appreciate the scenery en route, and no class or lesson on how to ""listen"", ""study"" or ""concentrate"" will change that. To rely on this ""guide"" is to feed neurotic problems at best, and develop an ulcer at worst.

Pub Date: April 10th, 1961
Publisher: Dodd, Mead