Becoming Learned the Old School Way in Annapolis, Maryland
Before foam-fingered rallies and binge drinking, before endless applications and applied mathematics, before the BCS and the SAT, learned men (yes, men) came from one place alone: the library. Reading, debating, and honing one’s thinker were the 101s, 2s, and 3s of higher education. A relic of this philosophy remains at St. John’s College, where the sole curriculum is a long, long reading list, debate of the contents, and four years in which to do it. Perusing the well-thumbed, undusty tomes in the campus library, it’s hard to find a good reason you haven’t yet finished Tuesdays With Morrie.