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ERIC Number: ED035346
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Oct-16
Pages: 6
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Limits of Relevance and Choice.
Elliott, Lloyd H.
The liberal arts are perhaps the most misunderstood and oversold realm of study in higher education. Although prescribed for many ills of the young--vocational uncertainty, lack of motivation, immaturity--they were never meant to solve such problems. Students become frustrated, angry and rebellious when the liberal arts do not live up to the expectations upheld in the rhetoric. If universities clarified what a liberal arts education is, and especially what it is not, both students and universities might be spared considerable grief. In addition to silencing exaggerated claims for the liberal arts, a set of genuine alternatives is needed. This would mean more and different kinds of institutions, especially community colleges, rather than more attempts by existing institutions to absorb every field of knowledge and service in sight. Changes are needed in the framework of society so as to permit more flexibility in both when and how young men and women follow their interests and assume their responsibilities to society. Four proposals are: 1) a domestic service corps; 2) more variety in higher education; 3) lowered financial barriers to advanced education; and 4) provision of more education at an earlier level. Such programs would be expensive, but they are preferable to living in a society increasingly characterized by cynicism, frustration, hate and despair. (DS)
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Note: Address presented to Annual Meeting of the Middle Atlantic Association of Colleges of Business Administration, Washington, D.C., October 16, 1969