By William Haarlow
This ebook argues a brand new and extra advanced interpretation of the advance and manifestations of the liberal arts stream in American better schooling through the Nineteen Thirties, 40s and 50s. in particular, the ebook elucidates the under-explored but formative position that the collage of Virginia and its 1935 'Virginia Plan' performed, either in fostering the liberal arts circulation, and as a consultant establishment of the wider interplay faculties and universities had with this flow.
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9 In spite of these curricular additions, antebellum higher education curriculum is usually exemplified by the famous Yale Report of 1828 which claimed: “The two great points to be gained in intellectual culture, are the discipline and the Before the Virginia Plan • 19 furniture of the mind; expanding its powers, and storing it with knowledge. ”12 Although the Yale Report is often portrayed as a deeply conservative document, arresting the progress of higher education in America for decades, more recently this view has been challenged.
Study in the classical subjects of the liberal arts might serve an ornamental purpose, but would do little to Before the Virginia Plan • 25 advance blacks in American society. 30 DuBois argued that vocational education would ensure second-class status for blacks and therefore he rejected Washington’s accommodationism. His claims point to the fourth essential theme associated with the evolution of the curriculum and the student: elite versus mass notions of higher education. Charges of an ulterior or hidden curriculum, sometimes made one hundred years later, but also of concern at the time, asserted that proponents of black education were most interested in producing a compliant workforce that would serve the needs of white agriculture and industry.
Its advocates— Abbott Lawrence Lowell at Harvard, Andrew Fleming West at Princeton, George E. 38 This point is most important for, as will be seen, the creators of the liberal arts movement shared the belief with those who espoused the philosophy of liberal culture that the literary and humane traditions were critical to liberal education. However, starting with the 1935 Virginia Plan, the liberal arts movement also argued an equal place for mathematics and science alongside the humanities. The liberal arts movement thus had some roots in the development of liberal culture in the Before the Virginia Plan • 27 late nineteenth century, but by virtue of its advocacy for mathematics and science, was also independent of the liberal culture movement.
Great Books, Honors Programs, and Hidden Origins: The Virginia Plan and the University of Virginia in the Liberal Arts Movement (History of Education) by William Haarlow