Is our college students learning?

Two new books questioning college education, Derek Bok’s Our Underachieving Colleges and Harold Shapiro’s A Larger Sense of Purpose are reviewed on Education Sector by Jal Mehta.

Bok’s book suffers from a lack of evidence on how much college students learn, Mehta writes. Shapiro is so even-handed to a fault.

Robert Frost’s famous quip that “a liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in an argument,” fits Shapiro to a tee.

Bok ran Harvard; Shapiro was president of University of Michigan and Princeton.

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  1. Foobarista says:

    I like to update Frost: “he’s so open-minded that his brain fell out…”

  2. Mr. Davis says:

    Bok is the personification of chutzpah.

  3. greeneyeshade says:

    May not be terribly relevant, but what gives me the giggles every time is the thought that Princeton had a president named Shapiro.

  4. A mind which is too open is often found to be a bit drafty.
    –Alan Watts