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October 13, 2014

College Develops 4-Year Study in Better Citizenship

Well here’s an idea. Dr. C. Bradley Thompson wants to create a four-year program at Clemson University in South Carolina that recreates how Socrates taught his students – a small group of students with a teacher discussing deep ideas like freedom, politics and morality. Furthermore, the students will crack the texts of thinkers that influenced America’s thinking on Liberty, such as Tocqueville, “The Federalist Papers,” and – gasp – the Constitution. “We’re trying to recapture the long-lost tradition in this country where, prior to the Civil War, every Ivy League president taught a capstone course in moral theory,” Thompson said. “We’re trying to recapture an older type of education that you saw in this country 100, 150 years ago.” Oh, to be a freshman again! Instead of courses like “Ecofeminism” and “How to Rule the World,” one college is helping prepare its students to become better citizens of the Republic. More…

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