The subtitle says it all…………..

……….just as Elanor Roosevelt used to begin her columns with, “I don’t think……” [causing one wit to suggest that she should stop there] this is a book that has been prepared for a need for newsprint rather than a need for reflection. It presumes that seniors should tell freshmen what the purpose of their education is and how to pursue it. It is remarkably like the idea of lunatics being discharged from an asylum telling the incoming how they will be cured or hardened convicts giving advice to new prisoners on how to bend over in the shower and maintain their virtue. There is a tremendous body of literature, from the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius to the Idea of the University by John Henry Newman, that would better serve any intelligent person than this drivel but most high school teachers, and we suspect ALL high school college counsellors, have never heard of either and probably couldn’t appreciate their arguments if they had. If you wonder why colleges are taking functional illiterates and turning them into professional parasites you need look no further.

Making the most of college : students speak their minds  Richard J. Light Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2001  College seniors Attitudes Longitudinal studies Hardcover. 1st ed., later printing. 242 p. ; 22 cm.  Includes bibliographical references (p. 231-235) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

Why do some students in the United States make the most of college, while others struggle and look back on years of missed opportunities? What choices can students make, and what can teachers and university leaders do to improve more students’ experiences and help them make the most of their time and monetary investment? And how is greater diversity on campus–cultural, racial, and religious–affecting education? How can students and faculty benefit from differences and learn from the inevitable moments of misunderstanding and awkwardness?

Two Harvard University Presidents invited Richard Light and his colleagues to explore these questions, resulting in ten years of interviews with 1,600 Harvard students. Making the Most of College offers concrete advice on choosing classes, talking productively with advisors, improving writing and study skills, maximizing the value of research assignments, and connecting learning inside the classroom with the rest of life.

The stories that students shared with Light and his colleagues about their experiences of inspiration, frustration, and discovery fill the book with spirit. Some of the anecdotes are funny, some are moving, and some are surprising. Many are wise–especially about the ways of getting the best, in classroom and dormitory, from the new racial and ethnic diversity.

Filled with practical advice, illuminated with stories of real students’ self-doubts, failures, discoveries, and hopes, Making the Most of College presents strategies for academic success.


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