Modern students are apt to see going to college as the way to earn a credential that will help them get a good job. But as Andrew Delbanco, Professor of American Studies at Columbia University, argues in his book College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be, higher education was developed for a different purpose — one it should fight to maintain. Today on the show, Andrew shares how he decided to write his book to understand more about the history, nature, and value of an institution which has come under increasing pressure in the modern age. Andrew describes how America’s earliest colleges were founded as places where students could learn from both their teachers and from each other, and thereby develop the capacity to grow in character, serve others, live a good life, and even face death. Andrew explains why colleges have largely abandoned this mission, and makes the case for why a broad, not-entirely-specialized, liberal arts education remains relevant in an age in which the ability to grapple with life’s big questions is as crucial as ever. We also talk about the difference between colleges and universities (no, they’re not synonyms), why a prospective student might choose the former over the latter, and what other things those contemplating where to go to school should consider when making their decision.
Resources Related to the Podcast
Andrew’s latest book: The War Before the WarFugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America’s Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War“Harvard’s Long-Ago Student Risings“Wikipedia entry on the history of Harvard which starts with the quote Andrew referenced in the show (“dreading to leave an illiterate ministry to the churches…”)Art of Manliness Podcast #351: The Surprising Power of a “Useless” Liberal Arts EducationPodcast #656: The Hidden Pleasures of Learning for Its Own Sake
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