One of the wonderful advantages of an online world is that works previously held only in obscure university libraries can be accessed right on your laptop. Made available by the Universal Library Project, this engrossing tract was written by a dozen Harvard professors and published in 1945. The content still resonates with contemporary debates about who should have access to college education, what that education should consist of, and what education means for a democracy. As James Bryant Conant notes in the introduction to the book, "There is hardly a university or college in the country which has not had a committee at work… considering basic educational questions and making plans for drastic revamping of one or more curricula." The 298-page report can be read online, or downloaded in various forms. General Education in a Free Society is a captivating read for anyone engaged in discussions of educational policy, past, present, or future.
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