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Don't wig out, but the young are in danger of being mis-educated

There are far more opportunities for young people today than in the past, but that also creates more confusion, says David Brooks

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Admirers of Albert Einstein dressed up as their hero. However, it doesn't take a genius to realise that the information economy has scrambled traditional notions of milestones in adult life. Colleges need to do more to help students grapple with the coming decade of uncertainty.

A few months ago I had lunch with a former student named Lucy Fleming, one of the best writers I've taught. I asked her what she had learnt in her first year out of college. She said she had been forced to think differently.

While in school, her thinking was station to station: take that

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