What Is College For?

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Twenty years ago, Chicago's Allan Bloom made a bestselling splash with his book "The Closing of the American Mind," arguing that American universities had walked away from the Western classics and dumbed down American higher education.

Now, former Yale Law School dean Anthony Kronman arrives to say that door is nearly shut. In his new book, "Education's End," Kronman says bad priorities, raging careerism, and political correctness have cut college kids off from learning the meaning of life.

This hour, On Point: Anthony Kronman asks, "What is college for?"Guests:

Anthony T. Kronman, Yale law professor and author of "Education's End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life."

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst and senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly.

Robert Oden, president of Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.

This program aired on September 18, 2007.


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