If you read enough books and articles, or watch enough news segments about why colleges cost so freaking much (and supposedly deliver little for the price), a consensus emerges that tends to include the following premises.
The documentary Ivory Tower debuts tonight on CNN, and it identifies some very real problems with higher education in this country. It is unacceptable that we would ignore the message of Ivory Tower at our own peril.
Sure, we must pay attention to what our graduates will do with their education, and we must give them the skills to translate what they learn in classrooms to their lives after graduation. But we shouldn't reduce our understanding of "their lives after graduation" to their very first job.
Andrew Rossi's new documentary, Ivory Tower, looks at higher education today, especially the vertiginously escalating tuition costs and the consequences of those costs, from crushing debt burdens on young graduates to the compromises schools make to attract students who are able to pay full price.
In Andrew Rossi's new documentary, Ivory Tower, Rossi (Page One: Inside The New York Times) explores the rising cost of a college education in America and asks the unfortunate question, Is it worth it?
There are "sins of commission" and "sins of omission." That is, we can err in what we do, but also in what we fail to do. The documentary film, Ivory Tower, produced by Andrew Rossi and opening on June 13, exemplifies the latter.
After I saw 22 Jump Street, I noted publicly that, while it was funnier than 21 Jump Street, so was my root canal. (Although the latter did include laughing gas.) Still, the bar wasn't particularly high.
Now if the idea of political scientists, historians, and a lawyer discussing and dissecting the week's news prompts you to pull out your pillows and blankets, here's the shocker: People started watching.