Opinion | The Anti-College Is on the Rise - The New York Times


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This is Outer Coast, one of an expanding number of educational experiments born out of a deepening sense that mainstream American colleges are too expensive, too bureaucratic, too careerist and too intellectually fragmented to help students figure out their place in the universe and their moral obligations to fellow humans.

Their work is inspiring, but it is also a sobering indictment — particularly for those of us who teach in the humanities, whose job it once was to lead students in a survey of how civilization’s greatest minds wrestled with philosophical problems. In recent decades, a stultifying mix of hyperspecialized research and pressure to emphasize “practical skills” — as well as a political reluctance to prioritize canonical texts or universal questions — have sapped our confidence.
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yesterday by cmananian
There are alternative colleges that replace traditional courses with personalized study; gap-year programs that combine quasi-monastic retreats with world travel; summer seminars devoted to clearing trails and reading philosophy. They aim to prove that it is possible to cultivate moral and existential self-confidence, without the Christian foundation that grounded Western universities until the mid-20th century. They seek to push back against the materialism and individualism that have saturated the secular left and right, all at an affordable price. It’s a tall order.
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2 days ago by craniac
Students, teachers and reformers are pushing back against the failures of mainstream higher education.
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4 days ago by ramitsethi
it's not bad, really, just leaves a lot of questions unanswered
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4 days ago by mznewman
The Anti-College Is on the Rise Students, teachers and reformers are pushing back against the failures of mainstream higher education. Contributing Opinion…
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6 days ago by davejavou
The Anti-College Is on the Rise Students, teachers and reformers are pushing back against the failures of mainstream higher education. Contributing Opinion…
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6 days ago by kerim