LIBERAL EDUCATION by Mark Van Doren

LIBERAL EDUCATION

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Persuasive theory for today and tomorrow based on a program such as that developed at St John's College under the tutelage of Scott Buchanan and Mortimer Adler, With clear and broad vision, this is a presentation of liberal education, ""education with an intellectual design"", education which ""is nothing less than the complete education of men as men"". Various tenets are defined and elaborated:- that democracy and education are interdependent, that a liberal education is literary, scientific, moral and practical; that all the liberal arts, whose subject is life, should be included; that in rebuttal of the vocational educators -- ""there is a time for choice but it is not the time of youth"". A curriculum, based on St. John's, is outlined; the properties of the good teacher, the man who knows more than his subject, the man who goes on learning and the man with a respect for truth are indicated. The hope for this type of education is that its students will be able to correlate past and present and future....In a period when all the policies of the liberal arts colleges are shelved ""for the duration"" this book is keyed to long range planning.

Publisher: Holt