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His writings reveal a wealth of historically present yet now forgotten ideas of how students learned at a university and were molded and shaped by it, and a framework in which to make sense of them. They establish a basis of understanding and reflecting on what a real university meant, in light of both classical institutions and Penn State's land grant history, as well as on a deeper level of the human experience. The surprising revelations will seem so unheard of yet so obvious, so ordinary but so profound, so radical but so traditional, and so straightforward yet so deeply holistic, that it lures one to constantly keep re-engaging them.
Before being elected to its Board of Trustees in 1988, Ben Novak observed how the role and experience of Penn State students had changed, and what affect that had on their education and development in every sense, as well as on their institution and community as a whole. He challenged the widely-held contemporary idea that the institution's purpose was simply to impart knowledge and information (or even supposedly skill) to attain a better paying job. Refuting the static notion that "it was always that way", he alludes to how these ideas were lost over prior decades.Read more ›
Newman's idea is that a college's reason for existing is to bring together young people in a shared physical place and then letting them interact for a set period of time, even if no specific curriculum or programming takes place. Novak uses Newman's concept basically to say that college should be more about uniting great people to learn from one another than it should be about having faculty and administration control and dictate the experiences students are supposed to have.
Later Novak gets out of the philosophy and into the history of the town and school which was less directly relevant to me but interesting because he explains why land-grant colleges were founded, and what prominent educators in the Ivy League and across the country think could help the college experience focus more on people and less on programs. It was a short surprisingly fun read. Requires a bit of an imagination. Recommend to anyone with a decent attention span.
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WOW! Super smooth transaction from start to finish. Very interesting book. Very pleased.Published 2 months ago by Robin L. Robinson
This was a great prospective on the college and its history for my granddaughter (and our family) who will be a student there after high school graduation.Published on October 8, 2013 by Dianne Aucamp
Highly recommend this to anyone with an interest in Penn State, education, or town/gown relations. Ultimately, the book shines because of it's honesty and the no-nonsense approach... Read morePublished on June 5, 2012 by E.S,
This book brings to light a great problem within any University today, but especially in Penn State. Read morePublished on May 14, 2012 by Jonathan