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Cultural Literacy: Time for a New Curriculum


by John J. McDermott 1984

In our time and in our nation, public precollegiate education is in serious disarray. It is now a nationally observed phenomenon that despite good intentions on the part of teachers and generally intelligent students, even those students who proceed on to colleges and universities seem culturally deprived. They exhibit a staggering ignorance of history and letters, and their symbolic resources for imaginative reconstruction seem bankrupt. It is as if the soul has disappeared, leaving only a more or less satisfactory standardized test as the approach to learning.


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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. 39-56
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19183, Date Accessed: 12/12/2017 1:04:38 PM

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  • John McDermott
    Texas A & M University
    JOHN J. MCDERMOTT is a Professor and the Head of the Department of Humanities in Medicine at Texas A & M University.
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