Degrees with Expiry Dates LO6314

Marion Brady (
Sat, 30 Mar 1996 17:01:28 -0500 (EST)

Replying to LO6276 --

Archie Kregear says:
>After being in the workplace for 20 years, I can say that I have not seen
>anyone who was really prepared for a position in business by the
>educational system.

Decades as an educational-establishment "insider," teaching and
administering at every level, lead me to nod agreement. I'd write off at
least 75% of what's taught in general, non-technical education as "ritual
knowledge," having no greater justification for inclusion in the
curriculum than the assumption that if one knows something, and other
"well-educated" people know the same thing, it must be important and
should be passed along to the next generation.
What's lacking, IMHO, is a clear statement of comprehensive
objective. My own (which I think I might have posted several months ago)
is this:

Each of us has acquired from our society a conceptual model of reality.
The most important task of general education is to help us understand that
model, the models of those with whom we interact, and the range of
alternative models from which we might choose.

I think it's interesting/appalling that not a single discipline of
those traditionally required for graduation speak to this matter that lies
at the very core of human experience and understanding.

Marion Brady



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