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General Education


by James W. Thornton, Jr. 1956

General education refers to programs of education specifically designed to afford young people more effective preparation for the responsibilities which they share in common as citizens in a free society and for wholesome and creative participation in a wide range of life activities. Proponents of general education recognize that students differ and that a wide variety of specialized educational pro- grams is rec1uired to accommodate these differences. At the same time, these proponents are keenly aware that students are also alike in many ways. They know that likenesses beget common needs, just as differences beget divergent needs. They have chosen for themselves the task of analyzing these common needs and of organizing educational experiences so that college graduates will be prepared to satisfy them.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 55, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 57 Number 9, 1956, p. 118-139
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 20021, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 10:08:12 AM

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