Thursday, June 10, 2004

Sophisticated Education

The difficulty with sophistication is that one cannot educate people for being worldly. Once you set up a curriculum of social path everyone does it and that becomes the norm thereby limiting people's experience. It is virtually impossible to educate people into a broader perspective.
However, one can educate individuals, or exposure individuals, to ideas, people, places, communities, & texts, outside their normal frame of reference.

This may be why YU's failure is its success. The institution has succeeded in building an institution of thousands of graduates who go on to live in frum communities. However, the graduates are cut off both from the Yeshivish to the right and the Conservative & Reform on the left.

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