Do you ever have those days or weeks where you wake up and have a song just stuck in your head? Today, it wasn’t just a song. It was for me a band instead – New Order. The best reason I can conjure up why–is that a lot of my law school homies are taking that thing called the bar exam today and tomorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with them….and with them as well comes a new order of leadership.
That also goes right at an assignment and idea I’ve been working on for the past 2 weeks. That is, what makes education great?
When I say “great education” to you, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Is it a 4-year ivy-league education? Or, is it an online learning experience on demand, while you’re home in bed in your jammies? Is it reading a great book? Or is it working on a team? Really, just what is great education?
I’m not sure anymore. I used to think that ivy-covered building thingy, where Socrates and Shakespeare were taught in its hallowed halls. But seriously, does any of that really get someone a 6-figure job anymore? Does ANY education at all secure a positive future anymore? I don’t know.
What I do know is that along with new order, another quote rings in my head, by Derek Bok–lawyer, and former president of Harvard University. He said, “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” I get that we need to have an educated society in order to have social order and freedom to the greatest extent possible; however, I also know that not everyone has the privilege of going to college. What intrigues me most of all is what “good” looks like when it comes to higher education, or any education for that matter.
Hopefully I’ll have a new order in my head soon on what “good” in education really is…
Last but certainly not least, to my law school homies with bar fever: one more day, peeps. One more day – then you’re on your way! Rock on…whatever song is in your head!