Wesleyan University president Roth adds his voice to the current debate about college education. Is it vocational instruction meant to lead to immediate employment after graduation or a time for expansive ideas and self-exploration? He argues that liberal education, with its emphasis on critical thinking, is an important part of American ideals of democracy. He traces the historical roots of liberal education from the ancient Greeks through the Middle Ages and the Enlightenment. But he focuses on American thinkers, including Thomas Jefferson, Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. DuBois, William James, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Jane Addams, John Dewey, and others. He examines the old debate about the usefulness and even democracy of a liberal education—whether it is aimed at the elite and is useless for the masses—as well as current threats from the government, from business, from political interests, and within the universities themselves. Roth argues that the utilitarians who push toward the practical will turn out graduates trained for “yesterday’s jobs” who have not learned the intellectual rigor and flexibility needed to adjust to whatever the future may bring. --Vanessa Bush
Very scholarly -- discusses intellectual history of education in the U.S.Published 11 months ago by Janie Suzanne Cox
this is a terrible book. i havent actually read it but, if it is about what i think it is about then this book is terrible. One, liberalism will destroy America. Read morePublished 13 months ago by matthew bame
A chapter is 40 page long with no divisions into sections and headings. No summary, no conclusion. Mr President, that's not a good example of modern writingPublished 13 months ago by Seeker
Cogent, but a bit repetitive. For all University administrators and for those Universities who have an historian.Published 13 months ago by Jerome V. Reel, Jr.