August 22, 2011

That explains A LOT!

According to a Princeton Review study:

"The 5 colleges with “least religious students” were: Bennington College; Reed College in Oregon; Bard College in New York; Vassar College and Sarah Lawrence College, both in New York."


Blogger The Other Front said...

These are also some of the most expensive schools in America.

I noted with interest this interview with retired investment tycoon Robert Wilson:

As a professional investor, Wilson bet wisely on small businesses that caught his eye while shorting shares of companies he considered overvalued, amassing a fortune worth $800m at the peak of the market in 2000.

He uses that same strategy when deciding to support a scholarship fund for the city’s Roman Catholic schools, which caught his eye with a pitch promising that a $10,000 gift would send three students to school. “That’s $3,000 a kid and the New York [public school system] is $18,000. I said, that’s quite a deal.” He went on to donate $20m to the fund. “I’m an atheist,” he notes, “but I think the schools are especially good.”

When it comes to higher education, a favourite cause of many of America’s wealthiest donors, however, Wilson is characteristically blunt: “Too much private money goes into colleges.”

August 22, 2011 at 5:36 PM  
Blogger First Sea Lord said...

The Westboro Baptist nutjobs- or someone just like them - crazied their way to Reed College once and untapped their hate-spewing psychopathy underneath a huge chestnut tree, drawing a notably unreceptive crowd. As the heathens (by which I mean these vicious pseudo-Christians) began attacking Darwin, my gentle hippie friend Jim and his beautiful girlfriend quietly took off all their clothes, and hooting politely, climbed into the tree. The way I like to remember this is that they then began pelting these gormless poltroons with gently-lobbed unripe chestnuts.

August 22, 2011 at 5:57 PM  
Blogger First Sea Lord said...

I should that my teaching experience has convinced me that public college and university education is generally superior in mission and scope, and certainly in beneficial national social structure, as well as what I might call engaged academic discipline (involved in the broader academic community rather than steeping oneself in private enlightenment) to private colleges.

August 22, 2011 at 6:03 PM  

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