Science in the College Curriculum: A Report of a Conference Sponsored by Oakland University and Supported by a Grant from the National Science Foundation, May 24-26, 1962

Science in the College Curriculum: A Report of a Conference Sponsored by Oakland University and Supported by a Grant from the National Science Foundation, May 24-26, 1962

Science in the College Curriculum: A Report of a Conference Sponsored by Oakland University and Supported by a Grant from the National Science Foundation, May 24-26, 1962

Science in the College Curriculum: A Report of a Conference Sponsored by Oakland University and Supported by a Grant from the National Science Foundation, May 24-26, 1962

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I know that you all feel as I do that just because an organization, in Ralph Tyler's words, provides more than fifty per cent of the money going into an operation like this is no real reason why there should be a talk on the subject from anybody in that organization. I realize it's traditional and of course I can add my welcome to Chancellor Varner's. But you're taking a chance. In this particular case, you're taking an unusually long chance perhaps, because I'm in a position to hear a lot about subjects like this second hand, and to make occasional decisions about moving one thing or another; but that doesn't necessarily make anyone an expert, as you all know. Matters like this are really in the hands -- and should be in the hands -- of those who are actively engaged in the subject, rather than those of someone who sits on the sidelines and makes administrative decisions. That's the first chance you take.

The second chance is that if you take an old war horse and bring him near the sounds and smells and sights of his earlier days you know of course what to expect. He gets nostalgic right away; he brings up issues that are no longer issues; and, above all, he keeps talking much too long. I understand that this rostrum has a built-in alarm clock that shuts the speaker off at a particular time, but you still run the chance, because it's the speaker who sets it, and I haven't. At any rate, we are very glad to support this conference, as you know, because I believe it is one of the most important things in education which faces the country and . . .

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