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The Experimental College by Alexander Meiklejohn


by Sidney Hertzberg - 1983

The Experimental College at the University of Wisconsin, a structural remodeling of liberal education, was established in 1927 within the university’s College of Letters and Science in Madison. A grand total of 327 students went through its two-year curriculum before it expired in 1932, a victim of—among other things—the Great Depression and the power of pedagogic Luddites. Its influence, however, persists. It left a small but steadfast group of alumni (of whom I am one), teachers, fellow travelers, and recent converts who believe it is even more relevant to the condition of liberal education than it was fifty years ago. The Experimental College was the creation of Alexander Meiklejohn, assisted by a cast of eager young teachers inspired by his vision. Meiklejohn taught philosophy and was dean at Brown University from 1897 to 1912. His subsequent presidency of Amherst College foundered in 1923 on a rockbound board of trustees. It was... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 84 Number 4, 1983, p. 969-972
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 843, Date Accessed: 12/4/2020 11:58:35 AM

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  • Sidney Hertzberg
    Palisades, New York
    SIDNEY HERTZBERG has been a special foreign correspondent for The New York Times, associate editor of Current History, editor of Common Sense, Consumer Reports, Current, contributing editor of Time, editor of Life educational reprints, special consultant to Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, and deputy director of the United Nations Appeal for Children.
 
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