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The Battleground of the Curriculum: Liberal Education and American Experience


reviewed by Francis Oakley — 1995

coverTitle: The Battleground of the Curriculum: Liberal Education and American Experience
Author(s): W. B. Cornochan
Publisher: Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA
ISBN: 0804723648, Pages: , Year: 1994
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Now that the recent battle of the books about American higher education appears at last to be reaching its term, some of its most striking features stand out in bold relief: namely, its dyspeptic presentism, its lack of interest in the historical record, and its related substitution for empirical data of a rather lazy and disheveled species of anecdotalism. Commenting in this eminently sane and worthwhile book on the degree to which "political actors in these struggles are . . . ignorant of the university's past" (p. 4), Carnochan sets out to remedy at least some part of that historical deficit. Taking as his point of departure the long presidency at Harvard (1869- 1909) of Charles Eliot, the curricular revolution he engineered by the installation of the free-elective system, and his great debate in the 1880s with Princeton's James McCosh (not only anticipating the curricular wrangles of subsequent years but also reenacting those of the past), Carnochan in subsequent chapters reaches back first to the early-... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 96 Number 3, 1995, p. 582-584
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 58, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 5:52:40 AM

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