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Learning from Korea and India

August 14, 2010, 6:58 AM
Professor of law and philosophy Martha Nussbaum says the U.S. should continue to insist on a humanistic higher education. Korea and India demonstrate economic prosperity needn't be sacrificed. "It is time to call for a return of the humanistic values represented by Santiniketan, rightly seen by Tagore as essential bulwarks of a decent political culture—not just in India, but everywhere. Korea has shown that a nation can adhere to humanistic commitments while succeeding economically. (And why not, when economic success, like democratic stability, requires a cultivated imagination and a culture of accountability?) ... No nation is so secure in its commitment to democracy that it can afford to gamble its future away by pursuing the false idols of rote learning and mere technical mastery."

Learning from Korea and India

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