Magazine article Liberal Education

From the Editor: In Designing a Liberal Education

Magazine article Liberal Education

From the Editor: In Designing a Liberal Education

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In designing a liberal education in a country that has no indigenous tradition of liberal education to guide it, educators are creating a new thing from the riches of their own cultural values, wisdom, and educational experience and with consultation from foreign-for example, U.S.-colleagues. In this issue Susan Gillespie, in describing them, notes that these new liberal education programs emerging around the globe correlate with the particular country's desire for a democratic society.

In basic form, the relationship between liberal education and civic renewal is striking. Articles in the Featured Topic section outline the benefits of a citizenry educated in the knowledge and skills, the competencies and commitments of a liberal education. Growing out of their own traditions and culture, these new forms of liberal education overlap with but do not duplicate the liberal education of Western societies, according to the authors.

Clearly, anyone who observes or consults with those designing these new educational forms naturally reflects on U. …

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