Black Moun­tain

al­ter­na­tive ed­u­ca­tion

Hello Mr. Magazine - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - From the Black Moun­tain Col­lege Bul­letin ,1945

Black Moun­tain dif­fers in many re­spects from a tra­di­tional lib­eral ed­u­ca­tion. It re­jects the re­quired cur­ricu­lum, the re­port card, the board of trustees. It finds that in­ten­sive and in­de­pen­dent work un­der fac­ulty guid­ance, dis­cus­sion classes, con­tin­ual con­tact with teach­ers, are more con­ducive to learn­ing than the syl­labus and the weekly quiz. It finds that par­tic­i­pa­tion in the oper­a­tion and main­te­nance of the Col­lege and its com­mu­nity are bet­ter guides to a demo­cratic way of life than fra­ter­nity pol­i­tics or or­ga­nized ath­let­ics. It finds that ea­ger stu­dents liv­ing, study­ing, work­ing with in­ter­est­ing peo­ple in a stim­u­lat­ing com­mu­nity, dis­cover them­selves and the world as they never could through the aca­demic for­mal­ity of a more tra­di­tional col­lege.

Ad­mis­sion to Black Moun­tain does not depend upon fi­nan­cial well-be­ing, or on the re­sults of ex­am­i­na­tions. It de­pends upon you. If you are in­ter­ested in the world you live in and the way men think and act; if you are in­ter­ested in find­ing a pur­pose in your own work­ing and learn­ing, Black Moun­tain will at­tract you.

If you are in­ter­ested in an ed­u­ca­tion which asks the best you have to give; if you are will­ing to give your­self to ed­u­ca­tion all day ev­ery day; if you can put aside pre­con­ceived no­tions of the world and of your­self, you will like Black Moun­tain.

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