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ERIC Number: ED180543
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
A President's View of the Liberal Arts.
Marsee, Stuart E.
Liberal education, designed to produce character, comprehension, and compassion, has an important future in the community college scene. Of the six community college functions, only one is in the vocational area; learning skills development, general education, continuing education, guidance, and transfer education are largely liberal education components. Though a tightening job market and decreasing enrollment have created an emphasis on career-oriented programs, human beings will always need liberal education in their continuing effort to understand. Recognizing this, educators should focus on the true objectives of liberal education and reject the notion that it encourages lowered standards of excellence and the misuse of student freedom. Liberal education should: (1) help people become all they are capable of being, (2) help people to live with themselves, (3) develop insight, wisdom, and character, (4) develop psychologically mature adults, (5) encourage lifelong learning, (6) probe the problems of the late 20th Century, (7) provide non-classroom activities, (8) teach values as well as subject matter, (9) provide liberal arts curricula, and (10) infuse human values in technological and other areas. Such goals must be included in the community college mission if the community college is truly to be a teaching institution. (JP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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