Liberal Education

Archive Report

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 ...

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