8.9.08

MAKING CHARLES MURRAY'S POINT FOR HIM? In a Washington Times interview, Mr Murray recapitulates claims he makes in Real Education.
In an ideal world, everyone would get a liberal education. It is a wonderful thing to have acquired. But start with the reality that lots of people don't want to go through the process - spending day after day studying philosophy and history and literature is not something they enjoy doing, and it's hard to make people get a liberal education if they aren't interested.
A recent Northern Star column says that's a feature.

Student’s racking their brains over what to do with their time may be disappointed to discover that without each other, all that’s left to do is study. And let’s face it: we didn’t come to NIU to hide away in our rooms with a book.

Although this concept may seem obvious, going out and meeting people is the only way to establish a healthy social life. Social skills aren’t dished out to incoming freshmen with their move-in packages.

That possessive of "student" is a large DISREGARD ME sign, and the passage would work better with "solely" in front of "to hide away." Further into the column, however, comes the observation that quality time with friends might include arguing about ideas.
Everyone likes to have their alone time or spend a quiet evening at home with close friends. I get it. For one, it’s comfortable and convenient. Not to mention, a night out partying could put a hole in your wallet.
Particularly if the party environment is a noisy replication of a dance club, something a counterpart columnist would like to change. That column also mentions "quiet conversation." It does go on at Northern Illinois. Sometimes it's more fun to eavesdrop on conversations at the Starbucks than to work on the calculations I bring with me. The columnist I've been quoting from hasn't caught on.
It’s too easy, and frankly too boring, to sit inside every night watching the paint dry. If you came to a large university, chances are you’re looking to meet new friends and hoping to network with people for professional and social reasons.
The honor students might be inside, but they're not watching paint dry.

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