Education: Why Is College Dull?

Year after year, as headmasters and college deans see the process repeated they ask themselves: Why do so many prep-school graduates find the first two years of college so dull? Why do so many able students seem to fall asleep?

This week, after a year of research a special committee of six educators from three prep schools (Andover, Exeter, and Lawrenceville) and three universities (Harvard, Yale, and Princeton) finally had an answer. For most students, says the committee's report (General Education in School and College; Harvard, $2), the first two years of college are a serious waste of time."

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