Magazine article Liberal Education

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Magazine article Liberal Education

From the Editor

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Ironically, in the midst of working with current ideas about learning, I find myself at the bottom of a ladder, back to every child's effort to learn the basic skill of language, simply to speak in symbols intelligible to others. As learning occupies attention among educational theorists, it is a welcome reminder. Justifiably, the knowledge and skills students need to forge their place in society recurs as an end-of-century theme. Intellectual skills, higher order reasoning, modes of inquiry, and other learning goals deserve one's best effort.

Yet, at the bottom of the learning ladder, precise symbols like words, grammar, and tone, are unyielding; they are taskmasters that can't be eluded by a wave of the hand or a "whatever." Undertaking the study of Italian-beginning Italian-I recite numbers, conjugate verbs, and memorize vocabulary, in every free moment. …

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