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A challenge to the liberal arts college is offered in this plea for liberal arts’ general education designed to fit men better for life in a changing world. Although the author criticizes present methods of university and college education for not keeping pace with conditions in the world, he has not made his attack without presenting a definite program for a new curriculum, which includes the first pragmatic and concrete reforms in the liberal arts college field that have appeared in many years. He relates the various mental and educational processes to the complexities of modern life and is firm in his belief that education should in some way be harnessed to a knowledge of modern affairs and present-day humanities.
Wallace Donham has presented a point of view and plan that will provoke serious thought and consideration. With the increased need for educational programs that will equip men to deal effectively with the problems of stabilizing the world, this book is one to be read not only by educators but also by intelligent parents, students, and all those who are concerned with a general education that will give the individual the background and skills he needs for public life or the professions, business, administration, or teaching.