Education’s Galley Slaves

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I reviewed this book for Chalcedon back in 2006: The Overachievers: The Secret Lives of Driven Kids. The horror of it is more palpable today than it was back then.

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/a-review-of-the-overachievers-the-secret-lives-of-driven-kids

By then it was already easy enough to see that a college education, for most, wasn’t anywhere near worth what you had to pay for it. But the kids in this book are the elite, the cream of the crop, Advanced Placement, they are the idols that their parents worship. They are also slaves chained to the oars, with no hope of escape.

It’s horrible.

Now it’s 12 years later. The nudity of the college emperor is even more glaring  than it was.

We have only just begun to imagine that instead of allowing “college” to devour whole generations of our offspring, we just might free ourselves from bondage to it: we just might be able to build it down instead of up.

The sooner, the better!

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

One response to “Education’s Galley Slaves

  • UnKnowable

    Truly an abomination. It has turned into just what you describe; idolatry. The fact that many kids are coming out of these schools with absolutely no useful skills seems completely unoticed. This can only end one way, a huge group of highly indebted individuals. I have seen jobs that pay well over $100,000 per year where the only requirement was experience. They were not even interested in the education of the individual. I expect to see more of this in the future.

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