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A Century of Higher Education

reviewed by Marvin Bressler - 1964

coverTitle: A Century of Higher Education
Author(s): W. W. Brickman, S. Lehrer
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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A sociologist with a trained taste for philosophy, Princeton's Dr. Bressler finds scholarship and style in three recent and important books on the social foundations of present-day education in America. But he also detects an aridity, a desperation, in these volumes that leave ominously open the question of how much appeal reason may enjoy as an educational guide to modern salvation. Is it possible that intellect, like love, is simply not enough? During a half-decade of post-sputnik tristesse, the partisans of the new austerity and the defenders of the Establishment monopolized the great debate on education and rent the air with recrimination. The conflict was waged on the scorched earth that is bound by reconstructionism on the left and perennial-ism on the right. The work of Welter, Brickman and Lehrer, and Kimball and McClellan are contributions to a more responsible and subtle dialogue that explores the impact of education on both... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 65 Number 7, 1964, p. 639-639
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2721, Date Accessed: 8/2/2021 2:17:54 AM

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