The Washington Post: College Is Not a Commodity

THE WASHINGTON POST: College Is Not a Commodity. “The courses the student decides to take (and not take), the amount of work the student does, the intellectual curiosity the student exhibits, her participation in class, his focus and determination — all contribute far more to her educational “outcome” than the college’s overall curriculum, much less its amenities and social life. Yet most public discussion of higher ed today pretends that students simply receive their education from colleges the way a person walks out of Best Buy with a television.” It’s a good point that we need to include when we talk about the quality of education. As I saw in another post, it’s not the professor’s job to make sure that students learn–that’s the student’s job.

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