Democratic Reading

How many times have we heard our parents go: “I wish I was back in college” and then they go into this conversation about their awkward but yet slightly amusing stories. So inevitable you ask “why?” They will then enter into this babbling blush mode “ah- you know, learning. There was just so much to learn, lectures to go to.” But according to Robert Maynard Hutchins, “The object of college is to stimulate its students to want to get an education in their adult lives and to give them the raining that will make it possible for them to continue learning and get an education in their adult lives.” (181) Learning is not supposed to be solely limited in college. I really liked the quote from Rousseau “It matters little to me whether my pupil is intended for the army, the church, or the law. Before his parents chose a calling for him, nature called him to be a man… when he leaves me, I grant you, he will be neither a magistrate, a soldier, nor a priest; he will be a man.” (179) I feel like this is something our ideal college (for our final project) should definitely aim to aspire to become. We owe it to our students to provide the fairest and unbiased education that we can. We should aim to eliminate all specialisation of subjects such as law and medicine as it restricts what our students actually learns. It is not our responsible to carry the whole load of all society’s interests and needs. However, in order to have a sustainable democratic society, our students have to be taught these basics and ideologies so they understand what it is like to be working in a group of diverse and cultural people.


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