Bixler Says Give Ideals to Students
Educators must teach students what is worth fighting for, if they are to be ready for "the terrible experience of fighting," Julius S. Bixler, President of Colby College, said here last night.
In the annual Inglis lecture at the Graduate School of Education, he added that a faith in "reason as a guide for life" is the basic requirement for facing dangers in the world today.
We must "convince ourselves that a rational good is attainable," he said, and added that this means we must change our culture to minimize the material goals and emphasize democracy--the application of reason to social experience.
Bixler lectured as part of the 60th annual meeting of the Harvard Teachers Association being held here this week.