“Let’s start by blowing the whistle on the tired formula for elite higher education — accept only the perfect; incarcerate and coddle for four years; pass on to the dreariest jobs. No clothes on this emperor.
When will elites concede that students who began competitive sports, classical music, and SAT prep in utero have finished traditional college long before freshman year begins? Students said so in the buried New York Times article “The Incredibles.” The reaction of mighty Stanford to students arriving with a B.A. full of Advanced Placement credits: Simple — ignore AP exams, for credit or placement. Among my crazy ideas is that education is a process for everyone — students and faculty — to learn and to stumble and to grow.
As president, I’ll redraw the playing field. A liberal arts education is about curiosity and imagination and creating solutions from connecting disparate facts and ideas. Let Wesleyan or Haverford guarantee to create citizens with the courage to pummel the new problems of the 21st Century, not more who prattle back standard answers. Forget U.S. News college rankings. Tie my pay to the Washington Monthly rankings, which measure net contribution to a better world.”
Who is this guy?!?