How to Choose a College: Pick the one that has the least amount of terrorists teaching, which is pretty difficult nowadays.
from days gone by: “A great majority of our college students are not in school because they want to be or because they want to learn. They are there because it has become the thing to do or because college is a pleasant place to be; because its the only way they can get parents or taxpayers to support them without getting a job they dont like; because Mother wanted them to go, or some other reason entirely irrelevant to the course of studies for which college is supposedly organized.”
Maybe. But ...
1) ... If it is it's probably typical of any established, expensive East Coast college, and ...
2) ... Roger Kimball knows one high profile story about the college and generalizes on that basis, which may or may not be fair and accurate ...
Well, a philosopher who has starved to death doesn’t do anybody any good. You have to be able to earn a living so you can eat and live indoors. That requires training. You can train to be a policeman or a Doctor. You can even train to be a piano player. There’s an old saying that a good piano player will never starve, and that’s probably true. You have to be trained to make a living before you can worry about “an education”. A good Liberal Arts education (and I mean a good one) is extremely valuable and important. The problem is that our universities do such a horrible job of teaching.
“Read this play by Shakespeare.”
“Because I had to.”
That’s a sure-fired way to excite a student. Shakespeare is extremely hard to read and understand. But, it’s worth the effort. Romeo And Juliet show you that you are not the first young person to fall in love. Henry V shows us that we all, including kings, have self doubt at times. When Anthony keeps telling the crowd that Brutus is an honorable man, we see the power of words and that wisdom is indeed important. Shakespeare is a sumptuous feast that is all too often taught like it’s an extra value meal.
I studied the martial arts for many years. What I finally discovered (after trying several of them) is that the style of martial art you study isn’t important. What is important is the teacher. Schools don’t matter. What matters is the teachers. And no, this isn’t a commercial for higher teacher wages.
A couple weeks ago, I read where a young gal was brought before the Ohio Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline as a law student because of erratic behavior and test responses during the Ohio bar exam. She attended Dayton Law School. The facts indicated she had about $223,000 in school loan debt!! How in the hell can this happen? What a fool!