I can't afford the luxury of
doing anything weird, they say. I've got to be pragmatic and goal
directed, preparing myself for a high-paying job. ... that is precisely
how most students feel. Consequently, at graduation they will find
themselves part of a huge herd, scarcely distinguishable except by a few
tenths of a point on their GPAs. ...
We are not facing difficult times in this country because
our current leaders paid too much attention to clear and accurate
thought about complex issues. Our problems arise instead from the recent
tendency to ignore questions of historical depth and intellectual
complexity in favor of short-term simplistic pragmatism. ...
(Students of Greek) come to know
themselves not just as kids from Welleston or Pittsburgh who hope to
find a job someday, but as people who have engaged
St John in conversation.