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Introduction (The Humanities in Precollegiate Education)


by Benjamin Ladner 1984

The primary issues for those areas of study called the humanities are also the central concerns of both education and contemporary culture in the last part of the twentieth century. Put simply, what are our efforts to educate (educere) "leading" from and toward? What image of humanitas, of the human condition and its possibilities, are we espousing by arranging the relations of adults and children under the rubric of education? What kind of world do we adults understand ourselves to inhabit; and what world do we imagine we are fashioning by introducing its forms and meanings to our children, even as we introduce new beings into the world as it presently is?


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 83, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 85 Number 6, 1984, p. 1-6
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19174, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 4:22:46 PM

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  • Benjamin Ladner
    University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
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    BENJAMIN LADNER is a professor of philosophy and religion at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
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