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Getting Back to the University’s Monastic Roots

UD‘s delighted (with a couple of reservations) to see places like Green Mountain College in Vermont looking more and more like the self-contained medieval retreats colleges used to be. Adjacent to Green Mountain’s modern campus is a pre-industrial farm (no tractors; they use oxen) where students can spend a semester getting credit as they farm and learn about environmentally sound farming.

Two quibbles: Do they have to live in tents? And how does the college justify the $12,500 tuition for thirteen weeks?

Margaret Soltan, July 6, 2009 11:47AM
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3 Responses to “Getting Back to the University’s Monastic Roots”

  1. RJO Says:

    Every college a farm, every college a manufactory.

  2. theprofessor Says:

    As a kid, I had farm relatives who charged a lot less ($0 in fact) to help us city kids discover the joys of walking beans, detasselling corn, and feeding livestock.

    You can have my corn knife, not when you pry it out of my cold dead fingers, but pretty much whenever you want.

  3. Mike M Says:

    I don’t know how medieval it is, but another, smaller, college in the Green mountains, Marlboro College (which I attend)definitely has a self-contained isolated feel. Especially in the winter. And we’re definitely less modern than Green Mountain…

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