U.S. Higher Education News for September 20, 2015

ACADEME BLOG

Burrows, Sister Joanne [President Clarke University]. “College More Valuable than Simple, Straight Path.” Telegraph Herald [Dubuque, IA] 20 Sep. 2015: A, 17.

Current debates about what a college education should be, and be for, bring to mind the theorem: “The shortest distance between two points is a straight line.” That works until you leave a two-dimensional surface. It is an illusion that we walk or drive in a straight line. Our world is curved and the shortest distance between two points is a curved line or orthodrome.

When you add the dimension of time to a three-dimensional universe, you get wormholes and other marvels.

My point? It is an illusion that a liberal arts college education progresses in a straight line. Teaching and learning happen in a curved universe that spans a lifetime. . . .

One assumption of straight-line thinking is that students enter college knowing what they want…

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