FEEDBACK

Liberal Education

September 25, 1957

Report Outline
Modern Education and Future Leadership
Reasons for Neglect of Liberal Education
Efforts to Extend Liberal Arts Education

Modern Education and Future Leadership

Slighting of Basic Studies in Postwar Period

Opening of the fall teem at the country's 900 universities and liberal arts colleges finds most of them still faced with problems of swollen enrollments, outgrown facilities, and inadequate budgets. These and other recurring difficulties are recognized as handicaps to the most effective use of teaching resources and constant attention is being paid them. But of far greater importance for the future than these immediately pressing problems is the much larger question of what should be taught in American institutions of higher learning.

Increasing emphasis on specialized training, and neglect of traditional disciplines, has worried observers in many fields and has brought warnings of danger in recent months from leaders in government, business, and the professions. Fears are expressed that the postwar need of specialists and the weight now given to vocational and professional training have caused colleges and their students to slight those segments of the curriculum that stress development of the well-rounded man.

Criticism of imbalance in the intellectual equipment of present-day college graduates has revived old controversies over the proper objectives of a college education and has raised calls for a general reassessment of undergraduate and graduate programs of study. Virtually all current discussion emphasizes the need of greater attention to the liberal arts throughout the American educational system—not only to give students the basis for a sound philosophy of life but also to assure the nation of a source of wise leadership for the future.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Education Issues
Jun. 13, 2014  Dropout Rate
May 09, 2014  School Discipline
Mar. 07, 2014  Home Schooling
Dec. 02, 2011  Digital Education
Nov. 15, 2011  Expanding Higher Education
Dec. 10, 2010  Preventing BullyingUpdated
Apr. 16, 2010  Revising No Child Left Behind
Mar. 26, 2010  Teen Pregnancy
Sep. 04, 2009  Financial Literacy
Jun. 05, 2009  Student Rights
Feb. 22, 2008  Reading Crisis?
Jul. 13, 2007  Students Under Stress
Apr. 27, 2007  Fixing Urban SchoolsUpdated
Nov. 10, 2006  Video GamesUpdated
Mar. 03, 2006  AP and IB Programs
Oct. 07, 2005  Academic Freedom
Aug. 26, 2005  Evaluating Head Start
May 27, 2005  No Child Left Behind
Jan. 17, 2003  Home Schooling Debate
Sep. 06, 2002  Teaching Math and Science
Jun. 07, 2002  Grade Inflation
Dec. 07, 2001  Distance Learning
Apr. 20, 2001  Testing in Schools
May 14, 1999  National Education Standards
Apr. 10, 1998  Liberal Arts Education
Jul. 26, 1996  Attack on Public Schools
May 17, 1996  Year-Round Schools
Oct. 20, 1995  Networking the Classroom
Sep. 22, 1995  High School Sports
Jan. 20, 1995  Parents and Schools
Sep. 09, 1994  Home Schooling
Mar. 25, 1994  Private Management of Public Schools
Mar. 11, 1994  Education Standards
Apr. 09, 1993  Head Start
Nov. 30, 1990  Conflict Over Multicultural Education
Feb. 05, 1988  Preschool: Too Much Too Soon?
Oct. 23, 1987  Education Reform
Aug. 24, 1984  Status of the Schools
Sep. 10, 1982  Schoolbook Controversies
Sep. 03, 1982  Post-Sputnik Education
Aug. 18, 1978  Competency Tests
Jan. 26, 1972  Public School Financing
Nov. 03, 1971  Education for Jobs
Apr. 15, 1970  Reform of Public Schools
Aug. 27, 1969  Discipline in Public Schools
Dec. 27, 1968  Community Control of Public Schools
Jun. 14, 1965  Summer School Innovations
Oct. 28, 1964  Education of Slum Children
Jun. 05, 1963  Year-Round School
Mar. 28, 1962  Mentally Retarded Children
Dec. 17, 1958  Educational Testing
Sep. 25, 1957  Liberal Education
Jul. 11, 1956  Educational Exchange
Feb. 02, 1955  Federal Aid for School Construction
Mar. 07, 1951  Education in an Extended Emergency
Nov. 20, 1945  Postwar Public Education
Nov. 07, 1941  Standards of Education
BROWSE RELATED TOPICS:
Undergraduate and Graduate Education
FEEDBACK

Your Email Address

Subject

Provide Feedback

Suggest a topic here.

Type the characters you see below into the box

Take our survey to help us improve CQ Researcher!