Our Universities: Elitism

Our universities exist to educate and separate. Education is essentially a process of separation. Ignorance is separated and eliminated through insight. Students willing to submit to the process of an education should have the opportunity. This is a social obligation, nearly a right of citizenship. However, if all succeed, everyone’s effort is devalued.

Universities remain meaningful because they respond to the deepest of human needs, to the desire to understand and to explain that understanding to others.

‘The Idea of a University’, 2003, Lee Bollinger, President, Columbia University