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The Educated Person: Toward a New Paradigm for Liberal Education

reviewed by Philip L. Smith - November 12, 2009

coverTitle: The Educated Person: Toward a New Paradigm for Liberal Education
Author(s): Daniel Mulcahy
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 0742561224, Pages: 256, Year: 2008
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Liberal Education has been traditionally associated with a certain kind of curriculum and a hoped-for educational outcome.  The curriculum is the classics, or some collection of books that smartly address the human condition.  The hoped-for educational outcome is a well-rounded person with a good mind, who can experience life as a human being on the highest possible plane.  The most common complaint about Liberal Education is that it is not sufficiently practical, that it puts too much emphasis on the inner lives of odd, often long dead, people, and features a highbrow culture that most students cannot nor need not understand.  Liberal Education has long been disparaged as the province of privilege, where one can afford to contemplate the beauty and mysteries of life because the business of life is provided for in other ways. The challenge for Liberal Education has always been to find the proper mix between its... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 12, 2009
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15830, Date Accessed: 9/22/2021 10:37:27 AM

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  • Philip Smith
    The Ohio State University
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    PHILIP L. SMITH is a philosopher of education on the faculty at The Ohio State University. He has also been a Visiting Professor at a number of other institutions. His area of specialization is the progressive tradition in American education. He focuses more generally on philosophical issues involved in the relationship between education and culture. Over the years he has published two books and numerous articles on these topics. He regards the prospects for improving education to be discouraging so long as it is dominated by worst of culture, rather than inspired by the best.
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