Because even our universities are failing, to some extent, to provide the kind of education that drives us to want to learn more, to follow our passions, and to make a change.
“Unlike many graduate fellowships, the Rhodes seeks leaders who will “fight the world’s fight.” They must be more than mere bookworms. We are looking for students who wonder, students who are reading widely, students of passion who are driven to make a difference in the lives of those around them and in the broader world through enlightened and effective leadership. The undergraduate education they are receiving seems less and less suited to that purpose.”
I strongly believe that College is what you make it. That if you utilize the resources available to you, use classes and clubs as a way to find topics that you can further explore on your own, question supposed “right answers”, always seek more information, and always follow what interests you, you will learn so much more than if just you go to class everyday and take everything a teacher tells you as pure truth. I’m not saying that teachers are lying, or that classes do not have useful information, but what you learn in class should be a stepping stone for your own exploratory studies. There is so much information out there, so many people to learn from, so many people to teach, and so much to discover. Don’t wait for a teacher to discover it for you.
This relates to what I am talking about: http://uncollege.org/