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The Liberal Arts Curriculum and Its Enemies: The Effort to Redefine General Education


by Herbert M. Kliebard — 1999

Accounts of the rise of the liberal arts as an educational ideal usually begin, quite appropriately, either with the glories of ancient Greece or the revival of learning in Europe which we have come to call the Renaissance. While these time-honored beginnings of a kind of education that is supposed to exalt the human spirit and express many of the central values of western civilization have much to tell us about how that venerable ideal of education came to prominence, they are less illuminating on the question of how it fell into a kind of undeclared disfavor.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 98, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 100 Number 6, 1999, p. 29-51
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18749, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 5:50:44 AM

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  • Herbert Kliebard
    University of Wisconsin, Madison
    HERBERT M. KLIEBARD is a professor at the University of Wisconsin—Madison in the departments of curriculum and instruction and educational policy studies.
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