ERIC Number: ED161027
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Journalism and the Educational Views of Alexander Meiklejohn.
Palmer, Mack R.
Alexander Meiklejohn, who died in 1964 at the age of 92, was a constitutional scholar whose major interest was education. Among Meiklejohn's beliefs were the following: the social good should take precedence over individual achievement; the liberal arts college is the institution best suited to carry out an affirmative reading of the First Amendment; Congress should provide for the intellectual and cultural education of all citizens; education must not ignore vocational concerns; there should be "education in followership" for the citizenry, as well as education for leadership; citizens should keep informed about government policies; and individualism must be balanced with dedication to common purpose. Meiklejohn engaged in vociferous criticism of John Dewey and the tenets of pragmatism, finding pragmatism objectionable in its assignation of superiority to observed fact over pondered value; he also fought against the isolation of individual scholarly disciplines, believing that research results must be put into interdisciplinary perspective. Current trends that would disturb Meiklejohn include increasing professorial dedication to research in isolated fields, a decline in sharing among disciplines, and a decline in liberal studies with regard to an education for democracy. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Dewey (John); Meiklejohn (Alexander); Pragmatism
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (61st, Seattle, Washington, August 13-16, 1978)