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Born: 1930-03-22
Profession: Lawyer
Nation: American
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Most high governmental officials who speak of education policy seem to conceive of education in this light - as a way to ensure economic competitiveness and continued economic growth. I strongly disagree with this approach.

Tags: Education, Light, Speak

Once you start worrying about a national football championship, then you begin to worry about getting the quality of athlete, and the numbers needed, to win a national championship. And that worry leads to pressure to compromise academic standards to admit those athletes.

Tags: Football, Start, Win

Teaching methods are often inadequate for the goals faculties are trying to achieve. Important courses such as expository writing and foreign languages are frequently taught by untrained graduate students and underpaid adjunct teachers.

Tags: Often, Trying, Writing

The college that takes students with modest entering abilities and improves their abilities substantially contributes more than the school that takes very bright students and helps them develop only modestly.

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There are no tests similar to SATs to tell us how much undergraduates know. State legislators, who appropriate billions of dollars each year to higher education, are naturally interested in finding out what they are getting for their money.

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What college is all about is some kind of 4-year game about who is going to end up with the highest grades. And I don't mean to say that academic achievement isn't important. But it is, after all, a means to an end.

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There is far too much law for those who can afford it and far too little for those who cannot.

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The oldest of the arts and the youngest of the professions.

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Early admission programs tend to advantage the advantaged.

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Education, and I regret to say this as an educator, but there's no indication that education has a direct effect on happiness.

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Fewer than half of all university professors publish as much as one article per year.

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Freshly minted Ph.Ds typically teach the way their favorite professors taught.

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Good teaching is creating really interesting generalizations out of war stories.

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Greater inequality in Europe has made people less happy.

Tags: Europe, Happy, Less

I suspect that no community will become humane and caring by restricting what its members can say.

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I think it's sort of an outrage that companies should have to hire firms to teach the college graduates they employ how to write.

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I think one thing that does cause unhappiness is protracted anxiety and worry.

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I think the minority students that we admit to Harvard are every bit as meritorious as the white students that we admit.

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If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

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The first country to adopt happiness as an official goal of public policy is the tiny little country of Bhutan in Asia near China and India.

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There's a great deal of difference between thinking reflectively about moral issues and achieving higher standards of ethical behavior.

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Again and again, universities have put a low priority on the very programs and initiatives that are needed most to increase productivity and competitiveness, improve the quality of government, and overcome the problems of illiteracy, miseducation, and unemployment.

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Although professors regard improving critical thinking as the most important goal of college, tests reveal that seniors who began their studies with average critical thinking skills have progressed only from the 50th percentile of entering freshmen to about the 69th percentile.

Tags: College, Goal, Thinking

Colleges and universities, for all the benefits they bring, accomplish far less for their students than they should. Many students graduate without being able to write well enough to satisfy their employers... reason clearly or perform competently in analyzing complex, non-technical problems.

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Critics of American colleges typically attribute the failings of undergraduate education to a tendency on the part of professors to neglect their teaching to concentrate on research. In fact, the evidence does not support this thesis, except perhaps in major research universities.

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Despite the hours spent debating different models of general education, the choices faculties make rarely lead to any significant difference in the cognitive development of undergraduates.

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Doctoral training is devoted almost entirely to learning to do research, even though most Ph.Ds who enter academic life spend far more time teaching than they do conducting experiments or writing books.

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Efforts to develop critical thinking falter in practice because too many professors still lecture to passive audiences instead of challenging students to apply what they have learned to new questions.

Tags: Learned, Questions, Thinking

I don't think the alternative to Yale is jail by any means. On the other hand, there is a mass of research that does show that there are real advantages to your subsequent career in going to selective institutions.

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I think any self-respecting educational institution ought to judge its policies by its best estimate of what their long-term consequences for their students and for the society will be.

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I won't say there aren't any Harvard graduates who have never asserted a superior attitude. But they have done so to our great embarrassment and in no way represent the Harvard I know.

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The American advertiser has made the superior American magazine of today possible.

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It is the growth of advertising in this country which, more than any single element, has brought the American magazine to its present enviable position in points of literary, illustrative and mechanical excellence.

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The fact must never be forgotten that no magazine publisher in the United States could give what it is giving to the reader each month if it were not for the revenue which the advertiser brings the magazine.

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