“The mode of founding a college..

is, commonly, to get up a subscription of dollars and cents, and then following blindly the principles of the division of labor to its extreme, a principle which should never be followed but with circumspection, -to call in a contractor who makes this a subject of speculation, and he employs Irishmen or other operatives actually to lay the foundations, while the students that are to be are said to be fitting themselves for it; and of these oversights successive generations have to pay. I think that it would be better than this, for the students, or those who desire to be benefitted by it, even to lay the foundation themselves. The student who secures his coveted leisure and retirement by systematically shirking any labor necessary to man obtains but an ignoble and unprofitable leisure, defrauding himself of the experience which alone can make leisure fruitful. “But”, says one, “you do not mean that the students should go to work with their hands instead of their heads?”  I do not mean that exactly, but I mean something which he might think a good deal like that; I mean that they should not play life, nor study it merely, while the community supports them at this expensive game, but earnestly live it from beginning to end. How could youth better learn to live than by at once trying the experiment of living?”  ~ from Walden, Thoreau