Home/Rod Dreher/Good Colleges Open Thread

Good Colleges Open Thread

Desiderius Erasmus. Which colleges see him as an intellectual light, not as a dead white European male? (Vlada Z / Shutterstock.com)

A reader writes:

Would you be willing to run a thread asking readers to recommend colleges? We have done some basic research (National Review Guide, First Things guide, Colleges That Change Lives, Excellent Sheep) and my daughter has a wish list, but we would love more input. Also, it might cheer people up.

I was encouraged to hear you say good things about Baylor and Villanova. The upper South is of particular interest.

We’re perfectly okay with secular liberalism if it’s fair-minded, as it was in my law school in the waning days of PC 1.0. I just don’t want anyone getting spat on.

In particular, if anyone went to a school with an honor code, did it help?

What a great idea. A candle-in-the-darkness kind of thing. Let’s hear from you, readers. If you were advising parents who want to send their kid to a college that has not been compromised by political correctness or Social Justice Warriors, and where it is possible to get a good traditional, non-ideological education, what would you advise? Which programs are worthwhile? Please be specific, and helpful. I’m not going to post any gripey comments on this thread.

UPDATE: Folks, please, if you’re going to make a suggestion, explain why you are suggesting it. It doesn’t do any good to say “____ University” if you don’t tell us why it’s a good choice. And let’s not let this discussion stray too far from the topic. The reader asks for practical information. I’d like to know the same thing, frankly.

UPDATE.2: A reader adds an important dimension to this debate:

However, and I don’t mean to misdirect the thread, I worry about jobs in these economy and the value of the degrees from some of these programs, economically. Before all the Classical Ed and Liberal Arts true believers attack, I don’t mean to criticize, I have an undergraduate Philosophy degree myself, and I’m glad I do. But maybe we could add to the discussion: where can we find schools that fulfill all of the original discussion goals but also have good job prospects, career placement programs, internship connections and or business/engineering departments?
Our young people are going to struggle to change the culture, live the BenOp, raise families etc. if they are unemployed, or reliant on the State. I say this as a 27-year-old, married, holder of an undergrad Philosophy degree who is finally succeeding financially, but only after long, challenging graduate professional education.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

leave a comment

Latest Articles