The most serious of all these selections is the last one, by the great educator and sometime president of Harvard, James Conant. Conant believes that the universities have many functions, and that the best education balances them all. Do you see the advantages and weaknesses which is become part of the American educational system? Do you wish to grow in general knowledge, in preparation for your profession, in the extra-curricular areas of student life? Do your plans in any way approximate Conant's ideal education? Will the curriculum you have chosen give you a good education in Conant's terms?
These essays do not present contradictory views in a debate, nor do they tell you absolutely what experienced experts believe to be right and wrong in education. They are intended as springboards for ideas you may barely have began t develop. Will college show you how to get rich, or just give you a four-year loaf? Will it help you adjust to living in a difficult and dangerous century, or only upset your belief? Will it be worth the substantial amount of money it is going to cost? What should you get out of college?
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