ERIC Number: ED049708
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Mar-16
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The Remaking of American Education.
Silberman, Charles E.
This paper discusses the nature of the crises in the college classroom. An identity crisis affects virtually all Americans in one way or another, but especially the college student. This crisis reflects not only an increasing awareness of the social ills affecting society, but also a growing concern about the quality of life in an affluent society. A parallel crisis exists among the educational institutions themselves, as they are faced with a transformation from mass education to universal education and with demands for knowledge more relevant to human needs. To face these problems, colleges and universities must return to their basic responsibility: the education of individuals who in turn can educate those close to them. In effect it means giving students a liberal education and preparing them to educate others. It does not mean a classical or other single curriculum, but curricula that have coherence and purpose and that reflect some conviction about what is worth knowing, doing, and being. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Address presented at the 26th National Conference on Higher Education, Chicago, Illinois, March 16, 1971