Since I am finishing my fourth (and final !!) year of undergraduate studies and deciding whether or not to begin a graduate degree, I have been reexamining my motives for pursuing education and evaluating what I’ve learned these past four years. I found a mildly depressing, but at least thought provoking article, by a Kent State reporter, in which the President of the university, Lester Lefton, offers his input about what the purpose of education is:
Thoughts? I had always assumed I was at a university to study actual ideas and facts, not to be made into a multi-dimensional person with a broad world view. Now given, the last three and a half years have been formative for me, as were the three years before that, and before that. There really are so many opportunities at a university, but this mentality of “creating an individual” makes me nervous. If students give the college the responsibility to “create” them they will not only miss out on learning some amazing things by becoming passive in and not taking ownership of their own education, but also, this gives so much power to the board of their university to promote whatever agenda they have.