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Beyond the University
Why Liberal Education Matters

Michael S. Roth

Contentious debates over the benefits—or drawbacks—of a liberal education are as old as America itself. From Benjamin Franklin to the Internet pundits, critics of higher education have attacked its irrelevance and elitism—often calling for more vocational instruction. Thomas Jefferson, by contrast, believed that nurturing a student’s capacity for lifelong learning was useful for science and commerce while also being essential for democracy. In this provocative contribution to the disputes, university president Michael S. Roth focuses on important moments and seminal thinkers in America’s long-running argument over vocational vs. liberal education.

 

Conflicting streams of thought flow through American intellectual history: W...


2014   240 pp.   -   Cloth ISBN: 9780300175516  $25.00
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