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ERIC Number: ED498983
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
The Spirit of Liberty. Carnegie Perspectives
Colby, Anne; Ehrlich, Thomas
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
The authors discuss the responsibility of colleges and universities to make moral and civic learning an integral part of the undergraduate experience. Citing Judge Learned Hand's 1944 comment that "The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right; the spirit of liberty is the spirit which seeks to understand the minds of other men and women; the spirit of liberty is the spirit which weighs their interests alongside its own without bias," the authors note that moral and civic education in America's colleges and universities is not an institutional priority on most campuses today. Citing trends of increased cheating, a lack of understanding of the values of academic integrity, declining voting numbers, low levels of social trust and knowledge of politics, the authors advocate for attention in curriculum, extra-curricular activities and the campus culture. If we are fighting to protect our basic moral values, our freedoms, and our democracy, write Colby and Ehrlich, we must do more to ensure that succeeding generations gain the understanding, skills, and motivations needed to preserve and promote the spirit of liberty.
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Menlo Park, CA.