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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Another blog post on college admissions! Actually what about the classes offered at many colleges. I have been frustrated by the low quality / content of some of the classes my daughter has been required. And she is actually going to one of the better colleges that mostly provides a quality education.

The best advice for college admissions is pick the major, and then the college. This way you can avoid the $200,000+ cost of an "top" private school that results in poor job prospects. A name brand education that results in poor salary prospects, is not a good investment for anyone getting student loans. If college is an investment, make sure it has a high chance of paying off and you gain something from it that justifies the cost.

I see the current college cost as a bubble, and it's going to pop as has happened with law school. It's hard to justify $200,000 of student loans unless their is an excellent return on investment. Student Loans you can't declare bankruptcy from, and can ruin your life.

The Golf Shot Heard Round the Academic World - WSJ
The tale of a teed-off philanthropist and the head of Bowdoin College, where identity politics runs wild.

The report that the philanthropist funded on what is Bowdoin teaching.

Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine is a highly-regarded liberal arts college—one of the oldest in the country. Bowdoin is the alma mater of great writers (Hawthorne, Longfellow), war heroes (Joshua Chamberlain) and a U.S. president (Franklin Pierce). But Bowdoin is also a before and after story. Before 1969, it was a college with strong intellectual traditions, a core curriculum, and a commitment to Western Civilization. But after 1969, it abolished all general education requirements and turned from what it called “collegiate” education to what its president at the time called “liberating” education. Out went the old standards and in came a new focus on race, class, gender, and the environment. Out went the old style of scholarly generalists as teachers and in came the new style of research specialists as faculty members. The new Bowdoin dedicated itself to the achievement of social justice and to reshaping America in the image of progressive politics. Bowdoin today is the direct heir of these major shifts. Bowdoin claims that these changes have transformed the college into an educational experience which is far superior to its older model. According to Bowdoin, the education it offers in 2012-2013 is the best education that it has ever offered. The National Association of Scholars tests these claims by thoroughly examining what Bowdoin teaches, through its formal curriculum, student life, and the relationships between students and faculty members.
Download the PDF: What Does Bowdoin Teach? How a Contemporary Liberal Arts College Shapes Students

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