Literature for Individual Education

Literature for Individual Education

Literature for Individual Education

Literature for Individual Education

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The basic principle on which Sarah Lawrence College was founded in 1928, and on which it has proceeded since that time, is that education consists not merely in informing and disciplining the minds of the young, but in helping them grow out of their adolescence and become mature human beings. If adolescents are to grow into mature adults, if they are to find their place and their function in our society, and not wander aimlessly, they must not only learn a great many things about the world and about the intellectual life; they must also learn to understand themselves. They must learn to know what their real interests are, what their capacities are; they must recognize their intellectual and emotional needs. And they must learn how to meet these interests and needs, how to confront and deal with their limitations, and how to make use of their special abilities as responsible members of a changing society. This is a large order; but this is what maturity means.

There is no formula for arriving at maturity. But we believe that the college can help the growing-up process best if it recognizes the fact that young people achieve maturity in divers ways, and if it tries, in planning their education, to take account of significant individual differences, not only in intelligence, but in personality and temperament as well. This we have tried to do. We have decided, for one thing, that the course of study to be pur-

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