Education and Expectation

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Personality and character should flourish in intellectual life as well as in social life, and there should be no divide between school work and expressing youth and creativity. What one finds on the average college campus is disheartening but understandable: it is the meeting of young minds abandoning the classroom and attempting to flourish after hours, where individual character is ok to display but where it is seldom supported by a healthy environment for its exercise.
To say that college seems useless to many young people is fine: they are just acknowledging that at the junction where four years of irreplaceable opportunity are theirs it is not helpful to have that opportunity already defined. They can bridge the gap between classes and the real world of human relationships in their own way and they should not hesitate to discover college for themselves. The best way to do that is to know what they want from themselves and from their society, to know what virtues they want to encounter in others and practice themselves, and what actions they want to take for their futures. That’s where a classical education can help them, because the great thoughts of those who found their passions and expressed them so well challenge college students to evaluate their own thoughts in comparison. They help a student enter the market place of ideas with more than just their naïve opinions and with a sense of humility and respect for the ideas of others.
The focus, however, for most students going into college today is not to learn from others how to have integrity or how to know themselves and apply their true talents of character in the real world. Most students are concerned with being useful.
Students want skills that will earn them security and prosperity in life. That is not a need that one can belittle or ignore, but it has led to a large amount of young people…...

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