We're about to enter an incredibly busy stretch around here. I'll be going to Galesburg on the weekend to retrieve the Benster for spring break, and then the following week we'll be headed out with Fearless Maria on college visits. We'll have a lot of windshield time.
The college visits are important, yet at the same time I'm not sure how to feel about it. Higher education has been problematic for a long time and things are not getting better. I'm a believer in the value of a liberal arts education, but these days many places that specialize in the liberal arts are rather illiberal in their approach to the world. By most measures, Middlebury College is one of the better small liberal arts colleges in the country. It sure didn't look that way when an amalgam of students, faculty and others started a riot and ran Charles Murray off their campus, not allowing him to speak. Fearless Maria is a brilliant student and will have some excellent options, at least on paper. Will the paper she receives at the end of this process have any value? Place your bets.