By Andrew Delbanco
As the commercialization of yank greater schooling hurries up, an increasing number of scholars are coming to varsity with the slender objective of acquiring a preprofessional credential. the normal four-year collage experience--an exploratory time for college students to find their passions and try rules and values with assistance from lecturers and peers--is at risk of changing into something of the earlier.
In College, widespread cultural critic Andrew Delbanco bargains a trenchant security of such an schooling, and warns that it's changing into a privilege reserved for the really wealthy. In arguing for what a real university schooling may be, he demonstrates why making it to be had to as many teenagers as attainable is still crucial to America's democratic promise.
In a brisk and shiny old narrative, Delbanco explains how the belief of school arose within the colonial interval from the Puritan thought of the collected church, the way it struggled to outlive within the 19th century within the shadow of the hot examine universities, and the way, within the 20th century, it slowly opened its doorways to ladies, minorities, and scholars from low-income households. He describes the original strengths of America's faculties in our period of globalization and, whereas spotting the growing to be centrality of technology, expertise, and vocational topics within the curriculum, he mounts a full of life protection of a generally humanistic schooling for all. Acknowledging the intense monetary, highbrow, and moral demanding situations that each one schools face at the present time, Delbanco considers what's at stake within the pressing attempt to guard those venerable associations for destiny generations.
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84 THE SFRC ASSERTS ITS RIGHT TO OVERSEE THE CIA: 1966 Notwithstanding Warner’s glowing assessment, not all members were happy with the existing state of affairs. Frustrated by the inability of the SFRC to obtain more information from the CIA about the situation in South Vietnam, Senator Eugene McCarthy introduced a resolution in January 1966 calling for a review by the SFRC of CIA’s impact on foreign policy. 85 Senator Russell, who still chaired the SASC and its CIA subcommittee, reacted negatively, promising a floor fight when the SFRC resolution reached the floor.
The Agency, for its part, continued to urge its committees to exercise their oversight responsibilities more actively—and more visibly—and expanded its substantive intelligence support to other committees. MCCONE’S EARLY INTERACTION WITH THE CONGRESS While new DCI John McCone followed the line that Dulles had taken in public—that the issue of a joint committee was up to Congress to decide—he actively defended the existing oversight arrangements in his early public comments. ”75 In private, however, he, like Dulles, encouraged the subcommittees to meet more frequently with Agency representatives, receive substantive intelligence briefings, and learn more of CIA’s operations.
The Nature of the Relationship, 1946–76 41 It is also clear from the Agency’s records that its leaders were concerned about offending the powerful chairmen of its oversight subcommittees. In fact, the longer the Agency enjoyed their protection and support, the harder it was to endorse a different oversight arrangement. While the Agency might have taken a different position vis-à-vis a joint committee in 1953, there was no going back when McCone considered the issue in 1962. From time to time, members of the CIA subcommittees themselves endorsed the idea of a joint committee, but the chairmen of these subcommittees never did, and the Agency, understandably, did not wish to lose their support.