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The Decline of Humanistic Studies in the American School Curriculum


by Herbert M. Kliebard — 1984

"Humanism," John Dewey once remarked, "is a portmanteau word. ''l It packs together a variety of meanings, some drawn from its origins in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Italy, some from its association with literature, particularly classical literature, some from its alleged opposition to theology, and, in more recent times, from its antiromantic and antinaturalistic temper. On its education side, it has come to be associated with a set of subjects, a segment of the school curriculum, believed to have the power to stir the imagination, enhance the appreciation of beauty, and disclose motives that actuate human behavior.


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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. 7-30
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19181, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 8:31:13 PM

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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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