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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Higher Learning?

I'm adding a new book to my to-read list: Education's End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life. This book by Anthony Kronman, a professor at Yale, examines the way places of higher learning have lost their way. By following a German research model, universities and colleges value narrow, specialized thinking in professors. This is a great model for the natural sciences, but it has proven to be a disaster to the humanities.

Although I haven't read the book yet, I'm glad to see that this subject is getting the attention that it deserves. Christians especially can beware of the agenda-driven secular university, but all Americans should care deeply that higher education in the humanities is more indocrination than education.

Professor Kronman is not the only one calling for a return to classical liberal arts education and one hopes that there is some momentum building that might succeed in bringing back real learning about Western Civilization. (See also Diane Ravitch, Tracy Lee Simmons, and others.)

1 comment:

Sharon said...

There has been a movement in this direction here in Western Australia as well. I think it's a good idea. A general degree paves the way well for specialist learning later on.

It just depends on what they mean when they say "general degree". Do they mean reading widely from the foundational philosophers of that academic discipline? Or do they mean "a bog-standard, learn pretty much nothing and we'll charge you through the nose for it" kind of education?

~ Sharon

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