Democratic Education

Democratic Education

Democratic Education

Democratic Education

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"IF one college and one university--and only one--are willing to take a position contrary to the prevailing American ideology and suffer the consequences, then conceivably, over a long period of time, the character of our civilization may change."

So declares Dr. Robert M. Hutchins, president of the University of Chicago. It is a sweeping statement, and in a sense epitomizes the conflict now raging in the field of higher education. That viewpoint spearheads a host of issues; it is the challenge which has brought to a head the struggle to determine the direction of American college and university education.

One college--St. John's College at Annapolis?

One university--the University of Chicago?

These two institutions have taken the lead that some believe to be "contrary to the prevailing American ideology" in the world of education. Whether, as a result, "the character of our civilization may change" is doubtful; but there is no doubt as to the effect these two schools and their adherents have had upon the character of higher education. Wielding an influence far beyond their actual size, the University of Chicago and St. John's College have been apostles of an educational mission that is not yet ended.

The issues have become clear: shall we support democratic . . .

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