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ERIC Number: ED026962
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Apr-26
Pages: 18
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Higher Education's Strange Paradox.
Howe, Harold, II
The university which has had the temerity to change the world has not had the nerve to change itself to live in that world. The result is that the university's grading system, curriculum, teaching methods, and philosophies are in conflict with the world beyond the campus gates, and higher education does not meet the intellectual and social needs of today's youth. Of the people within the academic community who have responsibility to consider the possibility of change, the professor is the most important. The central issues seem to be the problems of students in the university and the kind of teacher the university makes available to the students. There are many individual programs underway at some colleges and universities, but too many institutions have, in the name of maintaining standards, fenced out the children of the poor and the victims of discrimination. Something special needs to be done for post-secondary education that is not graduate-school oriented. This would involve a wider array of subjects rather than specialization in one field or in research that leads to the Ph.D. Academic credit could be earned by all students who particpate in university-sponsored social action programs on or off campus. The training of prospective teachers should include specialized knowledge and skills that equip them to work effectively with students at post-secondary levels, particularly at the growing number of junior colleges. (WM)
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Note: Speech given before the 54th Annual Meeting of the American Association of University Professors, Washington, D.C., April 26, 1968.