- Publisher: Regnery Publishing (December 1978)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0895266954
- ISBN-13: 978-0895266958
- Parcel Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 3.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 658 g
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Decadence and Renewal in the Higher Learning: An Episodic History of American University and College Since 1953 Hardcover – Dec 1978
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W. W. Mcdonald
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My thirty years in the academic profession has convinced me that Kirk's diagnosis of the troubles besetting America's universities and colleges was much nearer to the truth than that of Alan Bloom's widely celebrated book, The Closing of the American Mind. Although Kirk wrote on a wide variety of contemporary social and political topics in his various works, no issue so engaged his attention as the state of instruction in America's schools and colleges. "We have succeeded in sending a great many people to college and university;" Kirk observed gloomily in 1978, but "we have not succeeded in educating most of them." If there was one issue where the conservative Dr. Kirk called be called an innovating radical, it would be education. The enfeeblement of standards in Americans colleges and universities had grown so severe and alarming that his usual advice for slow, incremental reform seemed inadequate. Kirk believed that a sound educational system will be the breeding ground for the natural aristocracy who would "leaven the lump of modern civilization." Schooled in virtue and wisdom rather than mere fact accumulation or a narrow vocation, they will come to "possess some share of right reason and moral imagination." The fundamental object of education is ethical discipline. Higher learning "is meant to develop order in the soul for the human person's own sake" and "order in the commonwealth, for the republic's sake."