Why Does Higher Education Lack Wisdom?

As mother of a 16 year old college student who complains about a system that isn’t challenging, I LOVE this post! My son’s chief complaint is that the system seems to be geared toward getting credentials and nothing more. He wants something of value and I continue to pray that he finds it. Common Core is setting standards for K-12 education to provide a more substantial educational experience. What will it take for American public colleges and universities to do likewise?

Thoughts in the Dark

A recent article in Christianity Today highlighted what was missing in the majority of higher education institutions in America: Wisdom.

After explaining the importance of dispensing wisdom in the past, Mr. Perry Glanzer explains,

Today, however, the idea that professors should dispense moral wisdom is passé. Contemporary universities consider themselves sources of technical expertise for professional practices. If their professors dispense advice beyond their discipline, it usually concerns matters of public policy or political life.

I have witnessed this first hand, working in a community college. The majority of my students are not interested in learning or gaining wisdom, but simply getting the correct credentials to obtain a job. The entire value of higher education, for many students, is directly proportional to the dollar amount on the paycheck the student will be earning on “the other side.”

Glanzer explains five ways that Christian colleges and universities stand against this trend:

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About Aubrey

Christian educationist having served in Title I and non Title I public schools, with experience in the often misunderstood fields of gifted education, RtI, and coaching. First hand experience homeschooling, virtual schooling, and alternative schooling too. Married mother of 3 in a blended family.
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6 Responses to Why Does Higher Education Lack Wisdom?

  1. Bloglakay says:

    What is it of value that your son needs as value is quite subjective?

    • audedu says:

      He hoped to learn new things in college, but believes he’s getting an encore performance of high school. All I can tell him is that, “you have to endure a few boring classes before you get to the interesting classes.” He would love an Amherst education, but right now we are on a community college budget. He is working on a two year “university transfer” associated degree. Hopefully, he will find more satisfaction at this university level. In the meantime one of my graduate school professors (a licensed counselor who specializes in the social and emotional needs of gifted learners) suggested he take a variety of novel courses, whether they lead to a degree or not…a few courses that are so new and different than anything he had done before. So he may take astronomy next semester and we may look into taking courses as a “special status” student at a nearby university.

      • Bloglakay says:

        I see. I wish him the very best. Since you did not mention his major, I assume that he is still undeclared. Could that be why he feels that College is somewhat an encore performance of High School?

  2. Thanks for the reblog!

    I agree; the attainment of wisdom (knowledge and the application of knowledge through experience) is no longer a goal worth striving for, according to the public higher education system in America. Instead, “job creation” means giving students basic, focused skills in one single field. The liberal arts are dying, and it will be to the detriment of the next generation.

    • You’re spot on, hamilton. The focus of higher ed today is to train students to fill positions in the workforce. I took some very interesting classes that weren’t directly related to my major, but I don’t think most schools value this varied approach to education.

  3. 3D Eye says:

    “He wants something of value”. This is something our societies should be thoroughly ashamed of – that our children can see no value at all in education systems that are geared solely or mainly to an oppressive system of tests and exams. Where’s the joy or enthusiasm in our miserable results factories? Why are students not able to love learning for its own sake and don’t have any say in their own learning journeys? Our children deserve so much more.

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