ERIC Number: ED202276
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Definitions of Quality.
McGehee, Larry T.
A parable that addresses the issue of defining quality is presented. Among the lessons are the ideas that one needs to consider a specific quality rather than a broad use of the term, and that quality or excellence is not necessarily linked to originality, hard labor, size, common opinion, or expert opinion. It is suggested that in a free society there exists the freedom to be excellent or less than excellent, and that in a community, the mark of excellence is the mutual commitment to individual excellence in its members. However, the ultimate accountability is to oneself. What otherwise passes for excellence is most often an imposed and proximate excellence defined by others. It is questionable that a society can be excellent if it prizes efficiency more highly than it does excellence, and social orderliness more highly than individual development. Layers of routines and rules smother the individual excellences of those expected to produce the society's excellence. A free society needs to seek ways to encourage its individuals to define and desire their own excellences. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.; Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Inservice Education Program.
Identifiers: Seminars for State Leaders Postsec Ed (ECS SHEEO)
Note: Paper presented at a Seminar for State Leaders in Postsecondary Education (San Antonio, TX, July 1980).