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The Higher Learning in America: A Memorandum on the Conduct of Universities by Business Men (Foundations of Higher Education) Paperback – February 1, 1995
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?Few men have said as much about any subject in a hundred pages as President Hutchins of the University of Chicago has said about education in this brief and brilliant book. Into four lectures he has packed not only a criticism of education in contemporary America but a description of education which he would put in its place if he had the power.?-Books --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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At a time where many university departments have (again) collapsed into technical and professional training institutes, vying to serve the dictates of independent (professional) bodies; at a time where the academic is no longer protected from the vagaries of political influence (on account of the politics insinuated into the evaluation of academic work) this book is a must-read, especially for those involved directly in higher learning--teachers and students alike. The value of Hutchins' work extends beyond the time of writing, and is arguably as important today as ever.
For anyone who has known the thrill of truly inspired teaching, and the pleasure and vigour of the examined life that follows from an informed exposure to classics, Hutchins' book lays a plan for their achievement and preservation at the university. Buy before it goes out of print.