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So what I saw around me were great kids who had been trained to be world-class hoop jumpers. Any goal you set them, they could achieve. Any test you gave them, they could pass with flying colors. They were, as one of them put it herself, “excellent sheep.” I had no doubt that they would continue to jump through hoops and ace tests and go on to Harvard Business School, or Michigan Law School, or Johns Hopkins Medical School, or Goldman Sachs, or McKinsey consulting, or whatever. And this approach would indeed take them far in life. They would come back for their 25th reunion as a partner at White & Case, or an attending physician at Mass General, or an assistant secretary in the Department of State.
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That is exactly what places like Yale mean when they talk about training leaders. Educating people who make a big name for themselves in the world, people with impressive titles, people the university can brag about. People who make it to the top. People who can climb the greasy pole of whatever hierarchy they decide to attach themselves to.
Adam Nicolson’s look at the great avian ocean voyagers
Science, in the Poll-Parrot period, arranges itself naturally and easilyaround collections--the identifying and naming of specimens and, in general,the kind of thing that used to be called "natural philosophy."To know the name and properties of things is, at this age, a satisfactionin itself; to recognize a devil's coach-horse at sight, and assure one'sfoolish elders, that, in spite of its appearance, it does not sting; tobe able to pick out Cassiopeia and the Pleiades, and perhaps even to knowwho Cassiopeia and the Pleiades were; to be aware that a whale is not afish, and a bat not a bird--all these things give a pleasant sensationof superiority; while to know a ring snake from an adder or a poisonousfrom an edible toadstool is a kind of knowledge that also has practicalvalue.