[lit-ideas] Re: It's gone quiet

  • From: palma@xxxxxxxx
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2008 07:46:35 -0400 (EDT)

On Mon, 31 Mar 2008, David Ritchie wrote:

> We're apparently finished with the tough subject of ordering drinks.
> While everyone is mulling over what to say about Auerbach, I'm going
> to step into the on-deck circle with this question: are those of us
> who are employed in academia abdicating a responsibility when we
> allow admissions people to characterize what we do?  I've just
> returned from a tour of Eastern colleges.  In search of the right
> academic fit for my second daughter we visited Georgetown, American
> U., Princeton, Williams, Amherst, Smith, Wellsley, Brown, Brandeis
> and Harvard.  The trouble with these visits is that you get to see
> much that is not important and little that is.  It's like how I
> imagine buying a car through the internet might be--surface views
> only. We saw lots of buildings, were told in each place that the
> professors are "rock stars" or "superstars," or some such nonsense,
> that professors are available nearly all the time, that students love
> [name of college here], that there is an excellent study abroad
> program (pay full tuition plus room and board, live in, say,
> Senegal), that employers are lining up to provide work for
> graduates.  Do we as professors owe parents some sort of duty to
> disclose, or can it be assumed that, since most of them have been to
> college, they will take all this with a pinch of salt?
>
> Any suggestions about where my daughter should study will be taken
> under advisement.
>
> David Ritchie,
> Portland, Oregon
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