An Adventure in Education: Swarthmore College under Frank Aydelotte

An Adventure in Education: Swarthmore College under Frank Aydelotte

An Adventure in Education: Swarthmore College under Frank Aydelotte

An Adventure in Education: Swarthmore College under Frank Aydelotte

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This book is the record of an experiment in higher education. The experiment has proved a notable one. This not merely because it was novel, nor because it has been a local success, but because the ideas underlying it are making their way and producing similar enterprises in scores of other universities and colleges. The part played in this development by Swarthmore may have been great or relatively small; there is no means of measuring that. But it remains that what at the start was a local experiment is now a widespread and significant movement.

The book is the work of many hands. With the exception of one chapter, which records the impressions of a visitor, it has been written by the Swarthmore teachers who carried the experiment through, and who, having brooded about it of nights, and watched its ups and downs, and tinkered and patched it endlessly, know more about it than anyone else. What brought them to the point of writing was the announcement that Frank Aydelotte was resigning as president of the college to enter upon another educational adventure at the Institute for Advanced Study. This announcement fell like a bombshell among his colleagues, and there was a moment of numb consternation. Then they began to gather in little gloomy groups and to discuss whether there was any way of expressing their sense of what he had done during the nineteen years of his leadership. There was no dearth of suggestions. Frank Aydelotte . . .

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