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Question of the Day

What is the purpose of college?  And I think it has to be more than just “educate students” or “encourage student learning.”  Those kinds of answers are really just begging the question, and they don’t distinguish college from, say, high school.

I really want to know.

3 Responses to “Question of the Day”

  1. Suzi Says:

    High school is a general education giving what is necessary to function in modern society.

    College is a more specified education, giving more general information on all topics to make the person more able to converse with and understand others outside of their field, but primarily educating them in a single area so that they can function/work at a higher level in that field.

    Grad school is only specific education. When the student arrives there, he/she is supposed to already have not only a functioning education but also a more “well-rounded” one. Grad school only gives education in a single field, generally without any other information, though occasionally with a second “supporting” field studied.

  2. Robert Says:

    Come on David, don’t you have any substantive questions to ask? :)

    I’ll take a stab at this, at length, over at my blog once I get my China presentation over and done with today. The short version: College exists to educate students in the literal sense of the word “educate”, which means “to lead out of”. We are leading them out of something and into something else. Out of what, and into what? Stay tuned.

  3. MyrtleHocklemeier Says:

    Here was my experience. The first two years of college were spent learning everything that I was supposed to have learned in high school, but didn’t. The last two years were the study of a particular subject area in depth.

    Then there is graduate school. In my graduate school course the first 1/2 of the class was spent with the prof teaching something that should have been an undergraduate prerequisite for getting into the course. In other words a 500 level LING class should jump straight into the linguistics, you shouldn’t be spending half teh course definiting basic terms and concepts for students that they should have learned in ANTH 101 or ENG 400.

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