42 review for Education for Freedom

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gary Turner

    A holiday 2015 read. Why has our country not heeded Robert Maynard Hutchins book from 1943? We have had plenty of time to see the results of teaching our children to be venture capitalists in materialism. This book may be some late season presents to a few. Thank you Carl Sagan.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Drew Norwood

    Robert Maynard Hutchins was an important figure in the field of higher education in the mid-19th century. He became the President of the University of Chicago at the age of 30 and he, along with Mortimer Adler, worked to create the Great Books program there. In this short work, he offers keen insights on the nature of education, its vital importance to democratic society, and its decline in America. He decried the materialism, the "economic rationalization," and the technical emphasis which infe Robert Maynard Hutchins was an important figure in the field of higher education in the mid-19th century. He became the President of the University of Chicago at the age of 30 and he, along with Mortimer Adler, worked to create the Great Books program there. In this short work, he offers keen insights on the nature of education, its vital importance to democratic society, and its decline in America. He decried the materialism, the "economic rationalization," and the technical emphasis which infected education in his time and he called for reformation by placing a metaphysical commitment back at the foundation of curriculum. A few of my favorite quotes from the book: "The alternatives before us are clear. Either we must abandon the ideal of freedom or we must educate our people for freedom." "These problems [facing our nation] are not material problems...No, our problems are moral, intellectual, and spiritual. The paradox of starvation in the midst of plenty illustrates the nature of our difficulties. This paradox will not be resolved by technical skill or scientific data. It will be resolved, if it is resolved at all, by wisdom and goodness….Now wisdom and goodness are the aim of higher education. How can it be otherwise? Wisdom and goodness are the end of human life." "At the base of education, as at the base of every human activity, lies metaphysics." "The course of study [in the modern school] goes to pieces because there is nothing to hold it together. Triviality, mediocrity, and vocationalism take it over because we have no standard by which to judge them." “Materialism has captured our culture. It has captured the state. It has captured education; for no one will deny that the test of education is whether the graduates succeed in life . . . moral criteria have departed, to have their places taken by economic criteria." "Whatever is honored in a country will be cultivated there. A means of cultivating it is the educational system ."

  3. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    A short read from Carl Sagan's reading list. Yes, it's dated, but Hutchins's discussion of higher ed reform, and why a liberal education for all is crucial for fulfilling our individual potential as well as preserving our democracy, is still relevant. My favorite part was his searing critique of modern materialism: “The law of human beings is wisdom and goodness, not unlimited acquisition.” What he wrote in the The Great Conversation: The Substance Of A Liberal Education is also worth reading. Av A short read from Carl Sagan's reading list. Yes, it's dated, but Hutchins's discussion of higher ed reform, and why a liberal education for all is crucial for fulfilling our individual potential as well as preserving our democracy, is still relevant. My favorite part was his searing critique of modern materialism: “The law of human beings is wisdom and goodness, not unlimited acquisition.” What he wrote in the The Great Conversation: The Substance Of A Liberal Education is also worth reading. Available online at https://archive.org/details/in.ernet....

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    Ayşe Uçaralp

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    HajarRead

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    Sahil Sood

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    Bárbara Durães

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    Adam Lei

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    Mahhad Nayyer

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    Dato Lobzhanidze

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