Baseball Crank
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April 19, 2003
BLOG: What To Learn In College

Harvard Law blogger Philip Greenspun offers an overly rational argument on why colleges should abolish dormitories, put students in cubicles by day, and otherwise treat their students more like employees. It's a provocative idea, and I could imagine some small college trying it, but let's face it: American society has long since decided that social development is as important to the college experience as education. The fact that we nonetheless have the world's best university system suggests that this is the least of our worries.

Also, to take Greenspun's cynical-economist tack, an important purpose of college is to prevent youth unemployment by keeping marginally employable young people (i.e., most of them) busy with something else. If we make college less attractive, more kids that age will just try to enter the workforce.

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