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ERIC Number: ED370883
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 17
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What Passes for the New.
Wenzl, Michael
This document addresses the role of what is termed "general education" in the present university system. The teaching of the liberal arts is of primary importance in order to preserve an accurate knowledge of the past. If universities do not satisfy this need, the population will be easy targets for business and political communities peddling an imagined past in order to get people to buy or believe something. The university fosters disconnectedness by stressing innovation and practicality, especially at the undergraduate level where subjects are over specialized, departments within schools are isolated, and students are encouraged, if not required, to hem themselves in with artificial boundaries and to conceive of themselves and their possibilities in diminished fashion. The document describes The reform movement in general education that began in the 1970s as a reclamation project, an attempt to bring into some balance a curriculum that had been all but totally devoured by majors is outlined. The students' greatest deficiency is ignorance of their history and culture. This ignorance of history can cause serious problems because a generation of citizens has been raised conditioned to make political decisions divorced from knowledge, analysis, or reflection about what might be the wisest or best course. Intimately connected to, and existing simultaneously with the loss of history is the loss of sensitivity to language. Only through language can people overcome the disconnectedness so predominant in the education system. (DK)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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