Peter Berkowitz has some interesting things to say about the power of a liberal education. I have always felt well-served by the professors at the various schools I’ve attended over the years. Yet, this essay has some interesting things to say about secondary education in this country.
“In fact, universities can cause lasting harm. In many cases, the mental habits that students form and the ideas they absorb in college consolidate the framework through which as adults they interpret experience, assign weight to competing claims and values, and judge matters to be true or false and fair or inequitable. A university that fails to teach students sound mental habits and to acquaint them with enduring ideas handicaps its graduates for both public and private life.”