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A delightfully phrased and thoroughly disarming discussion of the frailties of our education for women today, by the President of Mills College and directed toward the bewildered parent rather than the professional educator. White is particularly concerned here with the fact that the special interests of women are overlooked in the college curriculum, that women are educated as men- not women, that co-education is a fraud and indifferent to feminine interests. The primary problem is of course the dual preparation of a young woman, first for the twenty years in which she will be restricted to her home and children, then to the later period in her life when she is left with little to do. There is a very realistic appraisal of the difficulties of combining a career with a home and children; of the declining birth rate in the upper educational brackets; of the obsolescence of the home and home values. And he argues for a college course which will include- with respect- courses in the decorative arts, on the care of children, and on cooking ""which is not to be sniffed at --except appreciatively"". A presentation of some very real concerns which has both awareness and charm.

Pub Date: Feb. 15th, 1950
Publisher: Harper