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I don't think the alternative to Yale is jail by any means. On the other hand, there is a mass of research that does show that there are real advantages to your subsequent career in going to selective institutions.

Education, and I regret to say this as an educator, but there's no indication that education has a direct effect on happiness.

The first country to adopt happiness as an official goal of public policy is the tiny little country of Bhutan in Asia near China and India.

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

There is far too much law for those who can afford it and far too little for those who cannot.

The oldest of the arts and the youngest of the professions.

Early admission programs tend to advantage the advantaged.

Fewer than half of all university professors publish as much as one article per year.

Freshly minted Ph.Ds typically teach the way their favorite professors taught.

Good teaching is creating really interesting generalizations out of war stories.

Greater inequality in Europe has made people less happy.

I suspect that no community will become humane and caring by restricting what its members can say.

I think it's sort of an outrage that companies should have to hire firms to teach the college graduates they employ how to write.

I think one thing that does cause unhappiness is protracted anxiety and worry.

I think the minority students that we admit to Harvard are every bit as meritorious as the white students that we admit.

There's a great deal of difference between thinking reflectively about moral issues and achieving higher standards of ethical behavior.

Again and again, universities have put a low priority on the very programs and initiatives that are needed most to increase productivity and competitiveness, improve the quality of government, and overcome the problems of illiteracy, miseducation, and unemployment.

Although professors regard improving critical thinking as the most important goal of college, tests reveal that seniors who began their studies with average critical thinking skills have progressed only from the 50th percentile of entering freshmen to about the 69th percentile.

Colleges and universities, for all the benefits they bring, accomplish far less for their students than they should. Many students graduate without being able to write well enough to satisfy their employers... reason clearly or perform competently in analyzing complex, non-technical problems.

Critics of American colleges typically attribute the failings of undergraduate education to a tendency on the part of professors to neglect their teaching to concentrate on research. In fact, the evidence does not support this thesis, except perhaps in major research universities.