The purpose of education is not to make men and women into doctors, lawyers and engineers; the purpose of education is to make doctors, lawyers and engineers into men and women.
--- W.E.B. DuBois
I'm curious whether people agree with this quote. Why or why not?
It's also probably worth asking what you think counts as education. Are there things you'd get out of taking my freshman philosophy course you wouldn't get by reading Plato and Aristotle on your own? (The cost of the books is truly dwarfed by tuition even at a state school.) What does this have to do with what we mean by education? Is the instructor crucial? Working alongside fellow students? The discussion and exercises, the feedback, the evaluation - what is it that makes a certain set of experiences an education?