I don’t doubt your calling to ministry of the mind for one second. You seemed to rationalize your teaching to students and that is not needed. My angst is towards the institution or the “man”. Can you change the world one mind at a time? YES. Will the university setting as we know it in the states be the only place that engineers, lawyers, writers and teachers are prepared? I hope not.
Is it possible to have a different educational vehicle without dumbing down the process?
As for the “good debt and bad debt” statement, I’m not so sure. That sounds like a statement that works for the wealthy even though I have used it. So many of my friends in their mid 30’s are up to their eyeballs in college debt and it has financially paralyzed them. The costs are only rising and like the church, the university appears to be rigid and slow to reach a new generation of thinkers.
In my particular case I did learn a bunch of life lessons in the Arkansas fraternity house, but I’m not sure the classroom piece was worth Mom and Dad’s money (even if I would have tried harder) . I could have learned how to pay bills, be responsible and cook dinner in the Army too.
Summary: YES to HIGHER EDUCATION and YES to LOWER COST HIGH EDUCATION.