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January 09, 2012

A special note to families preparing for college visits this spring:

Prof. Oskar Gruenwald in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies (2011, pp. 16-17) notes that “truth, freedom, and virtue are the quintessential aspects of the human striving for excellence and self-understand­ing as prerequisites for a more felicitous social life. These are also the irreplaceable ideals for a higher education which can empower individuals to discern what is true, good, and beautiful.”

C.S. Lewis called this “correspondence to reality”: The universe actually is as it is, and truth, justice, and love actually exist.

Here’s a suggestion to families in the midst of college visits: Show Gruenwald’s quote to your child’s would-be professors. If they vehemently disagree, that tells you something about their worldview. If they don’t get it, that tells you something about their intelligence. In either case, you might want to look elsewhere for educational excellence.

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