Essay about The Purpose And Necessity Of A University

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Today we are to discuss the purpose and necessity of a university. Higher learning is without a doubt necessary to progress. Be that as an “intellectual” or a “painter”. Universities gives people a place to cultivate skills, and abilities that would be hard to come by through other life experiences. William Deresiewicz, wrote in, “The Disadvantages of an Elite Education”, that “our best universities have forgotten that the reason they exist is to make minds, not careers”. Deresiewicz may have missed the mark. Universities are still in the business of making minds. However the end result may not be what Deresiewicz had in mind, but a mind was made nonetheless. Universities provide a place to learn things that would normally be inaccessible. And for the access to this unfathomable knowledge a price is to be paid, it is an exchange of goods and services. Additionally, places of higher learning are just that, a place for higher learning. It is up to the student to decide the breadth of the knowledge to learn, not a professor or any other group of people. William Deresiewicz would like to see in the “elite university”, a curriculum that will allow the privileged to understand the less than privileged. That is commendable, however it takes experience to understand a different culture. This experience comes not from the comfort of a, “walled domain guarded by locked gates, with admission granted only to [those elected to enter]” (Deresiewicz), but through life.
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