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.