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How Define Education?

by David Snedden - 1928

SOME weeks ago the present writer had occasion to criticize adversely the use of the term "education" in Everett Dean Martin's The Meaning of Liberal Education. Throughout that book Dr. Martin makes such statements as these: This book, then, contends that education is a spiritual revaluation of human life. Its task is to reorient the individual, to enable him to take a richer and more significant view of his experiences, to place him above and not within the system of his beliefs and ideals. If education is not liberalizing, it is not education in the sense of the title of the book. I use the term "liberal" not in the political sense, as if it meant half measures, but in its original sense meaning by a liberal education the kind of education which sets the mind free from the servitude of the crowd and from vulgar self-interests. In this sense, education is simply philosophy at work. It is the search for the "good life." Education is itself a way of living.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 29 Number 8, 1928, p. 675-683
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 5760, Date Accessed: 2/21/2020 11:29:56 AM

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