Education: Art of Decision

How well is the U.S. college teacher carrying out his primary responsibility, i.e., teaching his students how to think? Not at all well, says Harvard Philosopher Ralph Barton Perry (Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus), in the current Harvard Alumni Bulletin.

"Limited by their self-imposed code...'on the one hand' and 'on the other hand'...teachers hesitate to teach their students how to choose among opinions, and hesitate themselves to choose." They are reluctant "to be explicit on questions of value. Social 'science' no longer embraces knowledge of the good. Values are left to personal...

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