ERIC Number: ED046343
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Dec-11
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Challenges to Higher Education.
Levi, Edward H.
Education in various ways and at various levels is one of the chief mechanisms for the transmission of culture and civilization and is a principal means for guiding the process. The attainment of this culture and civilization is a demanding and painful process. We live in a time of curious anti-intellectualism in which knowledge is being distorted and where these distortions are spread by the means of communication. The quality of education is neglected at all levels, and this situation has been aggravated by lumping all the levels together when the problems are different. An interlocking among the levels is desirable, but not at the cost of obscuring the qualities and values of each level or of concealing the fact that fewer institutions and persons can qualify at the later levels if excellence is to carry any meaning. Our present system of higher education is top-heavy and maldistributed, often the result of previous support from the federal government, which has been eager to provide funds for immediately felt needs and fads, but not for the maintenance of quality. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: Chicago Univ., IL. Office of Public Information.
Note: Address delivered at the annual dinner of the Chicago Association of Phi Beta Kappa, December 7, 1970