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September 6, 2013

ADAMCZYK: The walls behind the ivy are shaking

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Tonawanda News — Oh, baby! Independent thinkers who can look up what they need to know, then apply it like crazy to real-world examples. Go skim the world’s problems for 120 credit hours; I see a caste rising capable of dealing in solutions (and watch the political class run from this bunch).

I see this sort of thing already, and it thrills me. I once needed some advice in a Kenmore coffee shop about the location of the creamer container, and politely asked a college-aged young woman for it. She unplugged her ear buds, had me repeat the question, then answered it. I inquired what music she was hearing. No music, she said: German declensions, for her upcoming trip to Austria.

The college experience can be rewarding, but imagine the pure learning experience. The free, at-one’s-own-pace, cram if you want, relax if you want, learning experience. Did I mention free?

Ed Adamczyk is a Kenmore resident whose column appears Fridays in the Tonawanda News. Contact him at EdinKenmore@gmail.com.

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