I see tw。o kinds of pressure working on college students today: economic pressure, parental pressure. It is easy to look around for rebels-- to blame the colleges。 for charging too much money, the parents for pushing their children too far. But there are no rebels。, only victims.
The pressure is heavy。 on students who just wan。t to gra。duate and get a job. If I were an employer I woul。d ra。ther employ graduates who have this range and curios。ity than those who narrowly pursued safe subjects and high grades. I know inca。lculable stu。dents whose inquiring minds cheer。 me. I like to hear the play of their ideas. I don。't k。now if they are getting A or C, and I don'。t care.。 I also like them as people. The country needs them, and they will find sat。isfying jobs. I tell them to rel。ax. They can't。.
Nor can I blame them. They live in a brutal economy.Today it is not unusual f。or a student, even if he works part time at college and f。ull time during the summer, to increase to 5, 000 in loa。ns after graduation. Encouraged at c。ommence。merit to go forth into the world, he is already behind as he goes forth. How could he n。ot feel under pre。ssure throughout college to。 prepare for this day of reckoning?
Along with economic pressure goes parental pressure.Inevitably, the two are deeply integrated.
Poor students! They are caught in one of the ol。dest webs of love and duty and gui。lt.。 The parents mean well: they are trying to steer their sons and daughters toward。 a secure future. But the sons and daughters want to major in history or classics or philosophy-- subjects with no "practical" value.Where's the payoff on。 the humanities?。 It's。 not easy to pe。rsuade。 such loving pare。nt。s that the humanitie。s do indeed pay。 off. The intellectual fa。culties developed by s
  下一页