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RE: [SACC-L] book review on "College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be"

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  • Deborah Shepherd
    In a society such as ours, which, as Alexis de Tocqueville noted, perpetually inclines toward majoritarian tyranny, a liberal arts education must promote
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 1, 2012
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      "In a society such as ours, which, as Alexis de Tocqueville noted,
      perpetually inclines toward majoritarian tyranny, a liberal arts education
      must promote training in nonconformity."



      Such a great statement.



      Deborah





      From: SACC-L@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SACC-L@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
      Lloyd Miller
      Sent: Sunday, July 01, 2012 4:53 PM
      To: Lloyd Miller
      Subject: [SACC-L] book review on "College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be"





      Dear Colleagues,

      I've been catching up on my online backlog of The Nation magazines and came
      across a review by CUNY NY history prof. Richard Wolin in the May 21 issue
      of a new book titled "College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be" by Andrew
      Delbanco, a Columbia U prof. of American Studies. While the book focuses on
      four-year liberal arts colleges, the issues it raises are, I believe,
      equally pertinent to community colleges and to our recent listserv
      discussion on the decline of scientific education. Here are several excerpts
      from the review:

      Many of our standard assumptions about the Western tradition, rationality
      and science have been steadily undermined, not all of them justly. The
      twentieth century will be remembered as an epoch of industrialized mass
      murder, confuting the Enlightenment assumption that science and the
      improvement of humanity go hand in hand.
      It would not be an exaggeration to claim that higher education has been
      degraded to the status of an enfeebled auxiliary to reigning social and
      economic interests. In a society such as ours, which, as Alexis de
      Tocqueville noted, perpetually inclines toward majoritarian tyranny, a
      liberal arts education must promote training in nonconformity.

      If you get this message on SACC-L and would like the review, email me
      individually, as before, and I'll send you the .pdf.

      Best,
      Lloyd

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