DO OUR ELITE UNIVERSITIES ACTUALLY TEACH ANYTHING USEFUL ?
The Harvard and Yale of Japan are the former Imperial universities of Tokyo and Kyoto, graduates of which have, in effect, a virtual ticket into the elite of the government and corporate worlds. These schools are exceedingly difficult for prospective students to get into but once there, the experience is relatively undemanding compared with the absolute rigor of Japanese secondary education. The opposite of America where an often middling public school system is capped by the greatest and most challenging university system on earth that gives it's graduates unparalelled skills...or does it ?
A University of Chicago prof debunks some widespread myths about the mission of a top tier American university