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ERIC Number: EJ1007028
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0895-4852
Breaking (and Healing) the Social Covenant
Solway, David
Academic Questions, v26 n2 p208-211 Jun 2013
One of the main factors implicated in the atomization of contemporary life, both as cause and effect, is the brunt and tenor of modern liberal education. For it cannot be denied that liberal education in the classic sense has severed its mandate to instruct and enlighten from the archive of the past and has been replaced by the concept of specialization. The student is no longer considered as a living vessel to be filled with the cultural incunabula. In other words, he is not to be "educated" in the true sense of "e-ducere"--to lead out of ignorance--but rather "trained" and "indoctrinated." This is precisely the argument that the late president of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Havel, in which he laments what the author likes to call the "new scholasticism," that is, the production of "idiot-specialists." Rather than analyzing the particular forms and symptoms of the current educational failure, this essay sketches in broad strokes the historical-cultural climate within which the marked contraction and deformation of education has occurred. (Contains 6 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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