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?

6 thoughts on “Why Does Higher Education Lack Wisdom?

    1. 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.

      1. 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?

  1. 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.

    1. 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.

  2. “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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