Bard College at Simon's Rock cultivates thoughtful risk taking

The value of attending a so-called "elite" college is a perennial topic of conversation, and William Deresiewicz entered the fray on July 21 with a scathing and widely read New Republic opinion piece entitled "Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League." Deresiewicz's diatribe inspired our provost, Peter Laipson, to engage in the debate. 

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Peter Laipson, Provost and Vice President of Bard College at Simon's Rock, shares a story from this year's Honors Convocation that demonstrates the true value of Rocker students, and what this means in the context of an American education system that emphasizes standardized test scores above all else.

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Provost Peter LaipsonI’ve always loved teaching. I entered education in the first place because I wanted to make possible for others the engagement – and, every so often, epiphany – that characterized my own time as a student. So it was with particular pleasure that I spent this summer preparing to co-teach Seminar III,  the final course of our general education sequence.

Well, pleasure mixed with trepidation…

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