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ERIC Number: EJ994653
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0024-1822
Colleges as Shining Cities on a Hill
Townsend, Kathleen Kennedy
Liberal Education, v98 n3 p28-33 Sum 2012
In this article, the author proposes that the notion of America be reintroduced as the "shining city on a hill," that abiding image from American history. The image of the shining city on a hill captures the imagination because it reflects the abiding truth that people become fully human in society, not outside of it. People need one another to become happy, healthy, and whole. What better place to instill those values than at colleges and universities? Campuses have traffic, jobs, utilities, labor unions, questions about sustainability--in short, college campuses face many of the same challenges that the country as a whole faces. There is a broad range of jobs; talents are not evenly distributed. Yet the way to ensure a stronger campus and a better college or university is to make sure that all do well. The constant devotion to improvement, to leaving a better life for the next generation, is the central virtue of a college or university.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States