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  •  nothing he learned in college (0+ / 0-)

    Depends on how you define learning. It struck me in college that every year you pay your money, get assigned your professors and then go out and buy a pile of books.

    Why couldn't I just buy my pile of books and learn on my own? After 4 years I realized the learning process wasn't about the pile of books or even the professors - it was about the daily interaction and debate and give and take with my peers - that's where I truly learned and grew.*

    Learning isn't acquiring facts, it's not things you self-teach. It's a complicated process requiring challenge, socialization and interaction.

    Arguably, that's what makes going to "elite" colleges worth it - the degree and extent and quality of your peer group.

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