April 29, 2009

Alternative Colleges

"St. John's College is a co-educational, four year liberal arts college known for its distinctive "great books" curriculum.

There are no majors and no departments; all students follow the same program.

Students study from the classics of literature, philosophy, theology, psychology, political science, economics, history, mathematics, laboratory sciences, and music. No textbooks are used. The books are read in roughly chronological order, beginning with ancient Greece and continuing to modern times."

So, what do you think? Personally, I wish I had gone there. But, perhaps it took me getting my degree to wish for a school like that. And this business degree does get me in the door for a lot of different job opportunities that I doubt the general degree from St. Johns does. But, undoubtedly, the students who graduate from this program are better equipped for most jobs than I was after earning my degree. Right?

8 comments:

The Great I'm Not said...

College should be one full year, 8 hours a day of a specialized trade. Throw out generic prerequisites.

Or tie it all into your trade i.e. how Math will be used in your future career, etc. If you need to be taught how to learn then you shouldn't be going to college.

Bobby T. said...

That college already exists, its called DeVry. And what happens when that one trade becomes obsolete because people stop needing their..I don't know...TV's and VCR's repaired.

sean said...

i believe The Great I'm Not is referring more generally to trades being ALL occupations not just trade jobs.

pardummy said...

better to be really good at one thing than OK at a bunch. these days they say the best chance of getting a job out of college is being as specific with your skills and job search as possible.

Eric Olsen said...

pardummy's right. I think i left practicality at the door. it's almost like i want the st. john's curriculum in high school. then you go to a specific streamlined "trade" school for college.

The Great I'm Not said...

Ah yes, I was referring to all occupations. Thanks Sean.

Emily said...

But I think we do have the St. John's curriculum in high school. How many of us took advantage of it? And what happened to going to college to discover your career path and to seek guidance on building the necessary skill sets?

Is it not a huge gamble to determine beforehand what your career path is, go to school accordingly, and then be left no option but to pursue that? Where's the chance for redirection in there?

Eric Olsen said...

emily, you're right. the answer to all these questions is getting kids to think for themselves, before they're our age and wish they had made some very different decisions.