Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Going to college (Part-3)

     As your college career goes on, you will find that the question of ''what to take'' becomes more important as you  find out more and more about your teachers and the course available.Sir  Richard Livingstone makes a plea for selecting the first-rate in all fields,and a special plea for history and literature; he believes that the purpose of education is to enlarge the mind.Do you see that he is driving at? James Micheline, of South Pacific fame, even seems to feel that the future of education is very likely to be in the hands of the English teachers.This is heady stuff for discussion is an English class-room, but how convincing is his argument?Do you agree with his analysis of the relative value of the sciences and the social studies?  The amusing Phyllis McGinley defends her ''bad'' college education because it allowed  her to educate herself  after she graduated.Most of the effect of  this essay consists of what it does not say about what one should learn in college.If Miss McGinley did not learn much, is it not reasonable to suggest that she should have? Have you been as badly prepared as she was?Do you see any benefits to being educated before rather then after you graduate ? 

              The most serious of all these selections is the last one, by the great educator and sometime president of Harvard, James Conant. Conant believes that the universities have many functions, and that the best education balances them all. Do you see the advantages and weaknesses which is become part of the American educational system? Do you wish to grow in general knowledge, in preparation for your profession, in the extra-curricular areas of student life? Do your plans in any way approximate Conant's ideal education? Will the curriculum you have chosen give you a good education in Conant's terms?

               These essays do not present contradictory views in a debate, nor do they  tell you absolutely what experienced experts believe to be right and wrong in education. They are intended as springboards for ideas you may barely have began t develop. Will college show you how to get rich, or just give you a four-year loaf? Will it help you adjust to living in a difficult and dangerous century, or only upset your belief? Will it be worth the substantial amount of money it is going to cost? What should you get out of college?

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Going to college (part-2)

                          The reading of project six present several points of view, variously seriously serious, factual, amazing, and profound. They do not exhaust the subject of values in higher education, nor would their answers satisfy all education, nor would their answers satisfy all educators. obviously you may disagree with any or oll of the authors; all the questions raised are debatable remamber that the approach we are takinge here is to stimulate opinoons of your own, and to hope  that these opininons can  be  based in fact, logic, and the awareness of other views. professor roger holmes's lecture, what every freshman should know,'' has became one of the most-quated and most-often-reprinted orientation essays in american education. his approach is a little different from that  of the usual freshman week speker: he tries to take the point of view which he as-sumes most of his audience sharees; he was an undergraduate himself once and things to all students, but he knows that the place of knowledge, on the campus and in life, is at the top.h makes a case, even if it is through the back door, for serious learning and study.

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Go to college or going to college and college campus

           Now that you have arrived at college campus , someone is bound to ask you why you came. The question is more than academic, since you are going to spend hard and occasionally anxious hours and years at hard labor before receive a degree. You have some inkling of what college expects of you. What do you expects of college campus? Is your attendance a matter of course, or have you some fairly definite aims? Is there any point in attempting to answer these question?

         Some of your answers are not hard to guess. You may have come to college because your family expected you to, or because it is "done" in your social circle. You may have a suspicion- largely correct- that a college education will help you make more money. Or, if you are a woman, you may have heard that husbands are sometimes encountered on campuses. Surely you expect to have some good times in the next four years, and  you may even expect to learn something that will prepare you for a better and happier life. That last reason, of course, is the only one that is finally valid. But if it is knowledge you are really after, what kind of knowledge, and how much?
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