I miss college.
I miss learning.
I miss community.
Lifelong learning and community are really, really valuable.
I miss college. Don’t you?
So why do we stop going to college?
- Because it’s expensive.
- Because it takes up a ton of time.
- Because it keeps us from being mobile, making it harder to pursue our careers.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
Envision with me a really efficient — almost monastic — housing cooperative, whose members:
- Engage in lifelong learning together: sometimes rigorous, sometimes relaxed. Sometimes peer-driven, sometimes prestigious. Research, lessons, internships, discipleship, publication, training, tutelage, etc. in full or partial partnership with an existing university.
- Resource each other and work together in both nonprofit and for-profit arenas, assuring bountiful and meaningful work opportunities
- Share community in a variety of other possible ways — food, worship, recreation, etc. They say it takes a village to raise a child. I believe it takes a village to raise a person.
Can that vision hold up to scrutiny? I think it can. Its individual elements all exist in a variety of forms and places, just not (as far as I am aware) all together at once.
So the two tasks before me/us/you are:
- Find the best expressions of the individual components of this vision and also the best combinations of them already existing
- Start seeding / testing this idea with people with interest and influence, especially justice-and-community-minded universities & churches, education-minded NGOs, etc.
(If you the S-J’s, put your thoughts and findings on a spreadsheet somewhere.)