Elizabeth Wagele makes an interesting comment in this short post. When do you think the process of building character starts? Do you agree with any of Brooks comments about college?
In his column of September 8, David Brooks discussed an essay by William Deresiewicz, who argues the process of making meaning of experience and building a unique self often starts in college. That idea doesn’t ring true for me—I believe building and refining character starts years before that age and continues throughout life.
According to Brooks, “Deresiewicz argues that most students do not get to experience this in elite colleges today. Universities, he says, have been absorbed into the commercial ethos. Instead of being intervals of freedom, they are breeding grounds for advancement. Students are too busy jumping through the next hurdle in the résumé race to figure out what they really want. They are too frantic tasting everything on the smorgasbord to have life-altering encounters… They have been inculcated with a lust for prestige and a fear of doing things that may put their status at risk.” What a shame.
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