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Thursday, September 02, 2010

Back to School Advice

Walter Russell Mead has a piece in the American Interest advising students marching into the maw of our bloated higher education establishment on how to approach their experience. The points he makes are as follows:

1) Recognize that the real world does not work like school.
2) Most of the teachers and administrators know very little about the world you will enter after school.
3) You are going to have to work much, much harder than you expect.
4) Choosing the right courses is more important than choosing the right college.
5) A traditional liberal education is the only thing that will do you much good.
6) Character counts, as do good habits.
7) Relax

Most of this advice is good, especially points 1, 3, and 6. I do have some questions about numbers 4 and 5, though. It's an interesting piece, though, and well worth reading here.

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