Professors: Intellectual Immersion at Berkeley

What happens when you take one of Berkeley's liberal-minded philosophy professors and give him complete freedom to fashion an experimental liberal-arts program that lets students talk endlessly with talented teachers? Quite naturally, some of California's most pro test-prone, far-out students will sign up. In 1965, when Joseph Tussman started his Experimental College Program, the far-outers soon discovered that Tuss man, former head of Berkeley's philosophy department, had some seemingly square notions—such as that learning involves hard work and that one aim of education is good citizenship. But those who survived the disappointment and the ideal also found that the...

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