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ERIC Number: ED218167
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Educated Perspective.
Thompson, Mark E.
It is the responsibility of higher education to help individuals develop skills and powers of reasoning so that culture can be understood and preserved. There are two aspects of reason, the reason of Plato that seeks a complete understanding and the reason of Ulysses that seeks an immediate method of action. Because of the demand for technocrats, the reason of Ulysses has coerced the reason of Plato into higher education. In some graduate schools, for example, language requirements are dropped for computer programming or statistical courses. In some university courses, students spend more time with the computer than talking with their professor. Thus, the human element tends to be excluded because technology is out of hand. So powerful is technology that it forces us to react without time to think or plan. The answer to this problem is for higher education to extend genuine scholarship that projects freedom, integrity, honesty, and moral courage. The enlightened approach of understanding, dominant during the Age of Reason, must be sought and taught. Educators, including scientists, and students need to absorb the reason of Plato to promote the art of life. (Author/NE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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