DEVELOPING YOUR JIVE DETECTOR. The more things change, notes Stanley Katz, the more clear some fundamental truths become.
We are also increasingly uncertain about what counts as liberal education. On the one hand, we seem to have too much to teach; on the other, we worry about offending some students (and their parents) by speaking openly and honestly about controversial matters. And, although this is hard to substantiate, it seems to me that we Americans have a fear of asking too much of our adolescent children (at least academically, if not in terms of all the other demands we make on their time and energy that sap their focus), and so we have deferred to college the kinds of aggressive and searching education that our youngsters need for their full intellectual development.
(Via Milt Rosenberg. Read and understand.)

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