ERIC Number: ED240644
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb-19
Reference Count: 0
A Matter of Choice.
Dance, Frank E. X.
The intent of a liberal education is to enhance the student's freedom, the faculty of intentional choice. The capacity of humans to step outside of themselves, which allows development of self-concept and subsequently self-esteem, is potentiated by the humans' unique sign, the symbol. Each of the liberal arts is concerned with the development and augmentation of the individual capacity to use symbols. Through the symbol, humans acquire the capacity for conscious intent and it is conscious intent that produces freedom. The development of spoken language is the prerequisite for the natural development of the symbol. The discipline of speech communication is absolutely necessary for the study of any other liberal art, and therefore holds a necessary place in every liberal arts curriculum. (HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Freedom; Freedom of Choice
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Speech Communication Association (Seattle, WA, February 18-21, 1984).