Learning: A New Life of the Mind

U.S. schools and universities are under constant pressure to train students for the practical demands of a technological society. To Robert M. Hutchins. this vocation- oriented approach to education will end up by making man the slave of his environment. In a new book called The Learning Society (Praeger, $4.50), Hutchins, head of California's Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, argues that the classic goals of liberal education, rather than practical training, provide the path to intellectual freedom for mankind.

The onetime boy-wonder president of the University of Chicago, Hutchins, now 69, defines education...

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