• Small Campus, Big Books

    by  • November 4, 2007 • Elsewhere, Shimer College • 0 Comments

    Very nice article about my alma mater, Shimer College, in the NYT. “If there are too many people to fit around the table, the class is too big.”…”this is one of the smallest liberal arts colleges in the United States. It has no lecture halls, and not just because of the enrollment. There are no lectures. Books, not professors, are considered the teachers, and the path to learning relies on the Socratic method of discussion.”…If a student wants frat parties or football games, this is the wrong spot. For voracious readers, it could be paradise. Great-books colleges “are about the big questions of life,” says Ronald O. Champagne, interim president. “Our students learn that the questions are more important than the answers.”

    Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy…especially after visiting with 3 of my college buddies in the SF Bay area last week.


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