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Buy and Download Description Today the notion of "life-long learning" is a commonplace mantra. In 1966 it was much less so. This piece presents a glimpse of how Mead envisioned the life-long learning concept — years before the public, or even many educators, took up its cry. The essay also contains a number of delightfully irreverent and entertaining barbs about the attitudes of some conventional professors toward true creativity and social utility. In this address Mead looks at goals and challenges faced by Oakland University, which had been established seven years earlier in Rochester, Michigan, 20 miles north of Detroit. The new, experimental university was explicitly and energetically attempting to promote lifelong education by meeting the needs both of young secondary school graduates, and also, on a part-time basis, adults of all ages. In 1959 its enrollment was 570; in 2004, about 16,000. Today the notion of "life-long learning" is a commonplace mantra. In 1966 it was much less so. This piece presents a glimpse of how Mead envisioned the life-long learning concept — years before the public, or even many educators, took up its cry.
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