Posted by steveA on March 11, 2004 at 06:36:31:
In Reply to: Re: Who else agrees Cornell grads are overrated? posted by nothing matters and what if it did on March 10, 2004 at 17:42:50:
Alan Bloom in "The Closing of the American Mind" talks about the liberalization of Cornell and many other Universities during the 70s. The basic thesis was that there was a push within the social sciences to give studies of formerly marginal subjects as much weight as traditional subjects, thereby making all subjects valueless (plurism = cultural anarchy) . A valid theory , I think. Our Universities still struggle with this balance between the traditional (frankly European based) curriculum and the more esoteric. But I don't think Cornell is at all unique in this regard. And furthermore , the Cornell program is probably more Eurocentric (ie: narrowly focused) than most.
It has been said that the Cornell program, because it is basically in a small landlocked town, is more theory based than others, and I believe this to be true. While this might make for less employable workers right out of the box, I think the Cornell education is among the best in terms of long term value. The kids understand space, form, and the design process as well as anyone. Look at the resumes of the leading practitioners as well as academics out there and the Cornell influence shows up over and over again.
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