(In 1957 they were concerned we were turning into a nation of dummies. 52 years later - thay wur rite!)
In 1957 the big concern on the part of educators was the fact that Americans were reading less, understanding less, and the numbers were growing.
As part of its weekend series New World in 1957, a panel of educators from University of Chicago discussed the problem and wondered what was the future going to be like.
Dean Lester Asheim (University of Chicago Library School): “We are not so much interested in whether people actually sit in front of printed symbols and interpret what they mean, because if they can get the same ideas and the same mental stimulation, the same recreation and fun for that matter from other devices, that ought to be all right with us. I think the thing we really are concerned with is that there are particular values that can be gained from reading which are now being lost, and that we think these values are important.”
(Sargent Shriver and Peace Corps Volunteers - an abundance of optimism)
Editors Note: As way of tribute on the passing of Sargent Shriver today at the age of 95, I am reposting this entry, originally from August of 2009 - Gordon
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