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Some Observations on American Education

reviewed by Karl W. Bigelow 1957

coverTitle: Some Observations on American Education
Author(s): Robert M. Hutchins
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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This book is based on lectures delivered by the author in 1954 before various British university audiences. The purpose was to inform, and—of course—criticize. The criticisms, now wholly familiar to American readers, here seem to lack their usual bite. Perhaps repetition has dulled them; perhaps Dr. Hutchins was inhibited by the circumstances under which he spoke. Or perhaps the necessity of being descriptive for a good part of the time cramped his style. One speculates on the effect of lectures and book on British listeners and readers. There are some factual errors: it is, for example, of course, wrong to describe American university undergraduate colleges as "non-residential." The point of view expressed will quite probably evoke sympathetic response from many in British university circles. But not from all. Dr. Hutchins draws a number of his quotations from The Listener. What will he think when he finds an Oxford teacher of philosophy—Mr. J.... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 58 Number 5, 1957, p. 284-284
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 4569, Date Accessed: 9/26/2018 10:54:04 AM

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