Thursday, June 4, 2009

Choosing the Right College

From ISI books: "Choosing the Right College". Definitely worth getting, although this guide does not cover all Colleges. Here's an Amazon review of a previous edition:

This college guide is hands down better than any guide I've seen. If actually getting an education rooted in a core curriculum is important to you, or knowing whethter or not the dorms your son or daughter will be living in have co-ed showers is something you might like to be aware of, than this guide stands alone in how it reviews schools. If the above (and so much more like it) is "conservative" or "Christian", than so be it. To me is just makes good sense. Choosing the Right College is an amazing resource.
Another review was not as kind calling it "cute but very bias", but this review by an Oberlin student revealed more about the utility of the guide than anything else. My reaction:

The student: "i.e. if someone offers you drugs/alcohol and you decline they, 9 times out of 10, will not pressure you/ask you again)."
Fascinating view of what is 'acceptable'. The real issue for parents is why should we expect that to be an acceptable occurance at all to be offered drugs. Being offered an illegal substance as part of the 'scene' at a college is something parents would want to know about - and avoid.

" He also cited Christians would have a hard time-if you're the type to force your ideas upon others in a close minded way then yes you will have a problem here-but that's wilth any philosophy you try to shove down people's throats at Oberlin"
What we can read into this is that a drug dealer offering drugs is considered more tolerable than a Christian evangelizing their religion. Of course, Christians who keep quiet don't cause trouble. But thats true in any non-free society too.- "Just stay quiet." And 'shove down throats' is what indoctrinating professors might do, but no student is in a position to do that at a College. If vocal Christians become social outcasts, that might be a concern to those who want to be open about it.

Fascinating, since of course she mentions " Oberlin, in a lot of ways, forces you to think critically about issues " Ah yes, forced to confront things from one perspective but protected from another. How .... one-sided.

The student also said: "The author also seemed to be dismissive of courses/majors that took a critical look at the world in terms of race, class, gender, sexuality, and class, dismissing them as more or less pitty parties"
This cultural marxist clap-trap should be critiqued, 95% of the 'scholarship' in these areas is dense, obtuse junk. It doesnt 'teach' but miseducates and indotrinates to use the false lens of cultural relativism/multiculturalism, post-modernism, and LGBT 'studies'. This has turned the humanities into a intellectual wasteland, the "Closing of the American Mind" as Bloom put it. Reviews that critique that are 'biased', but in the direction of intellectual rigor and honesty.

I think in a way the student's response confirms the utility of "Choosing the Right College" as a guide, including the review's poor grammer which might indicate Oberlin has a different focus than rigor in written English. The student has acknowledged in many ways their analysis of what is going on in Oberlin, but she has a different perspective on the value judgement to apply to the facts at hand.

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