Adelheid wrote:Inero wrote:Adelheid put his finger on it
She hopes so
Is Adelheid a boy's name in Canada ? Bert, also from Canada, got it wrong too...
GlottalGreekGeek wrote:I think developing the skill of thinking is very important, and some people need to go to college to develop thinking skills
vir litterarum wrote:College is only a necessity for some people and certain fields. For a field such as classics, a college education is not always necessary because a person can purchase all of the materials they need to learn everything within the field and teach themselves.
edonnelly wrote:For many, though, college is the first opportunity to experience real scholarship -- that is, the opportunity to explore the cutting edge of a field and participate in the exploration of novel ideas and theories. This type of scholarship is fundamentally the opposite of a vocational school. There, you learn what others have discovered and/or developed. In college you begin to be a part of the process that develops things that nobody before has ever done. Granted, the undergraduate level can only give you a taste, but it will be a taste of a something that would be very difficult to achieve elsewhere.
edonnelly wrote:College should not be four more years of high school. If you just want to learn things that are available in books and on the internet, don't waste your time or money.
Inero wrote: Perhaps the best way to achieve this is to attend a brick&mortar campus - as opposed to distance learning - and come in contact with professors who will stimulate a love of learning for its own sake. This is a tall order in many schools, where the facultry is either cynical or simply there to rubber stamp one's progress report.
Some university managements just can't understand
Paul wrote:Hi Ed,
My experience at St. John's College is the opposite. We did not "explore the cutting edge of a field"; nor did we participate in a "process that develops things that nobody has ever done before". Rather, we read and discussed the western canon from Homer to Einstein, learned ancient Greek, and demonstrated at the blackboard theorems from Euclid and Schrodinger.
If I had to do it all over again (and Nietzsche says I might), I would choose SJC again. Its curriculum and way of teaching impart a breadth of context by which one can interpret what purports to be "new" or "current". By following the great conversation of western thought one develops a faculty for critical thinking. It is just this faculty that is missing in so much of today's "politically correct thinking".
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