I think the Liberal arts education is an incredible thing, and when its purpose is fulfilled can be impactful. Although, I do not think Liberal arts education reflects the Ancient Greek ideal of cultivating skills to be free in society in all instances, I do think as a rule of thumb college enables individuals to be free in society.
I think our society tries to make getting a degree mandatory in order to be successful in most instances in life, if you want to be successful school is necessary rung to climb to get to your intended destination. At first I thought about this question and agreed with Wes and disagreed with the blog question because of individuals like Steve Jobs, and Bill Gates but then I realized the reality of so few individuals who did not college and were successful only proves that college has become a necessary step in attempting to be free or successful in our society.
Think about our society how many people do you know who are talented and gifted enough not to go to college? Anyone I know who is attempting to be successful is attending some form of college. Where as many people I know who are impoverished, would benefit greatly from college not necessarily because they are dumb but because our society holds a degree in such high esteem.
In conclusion, I think college education reflects Ancient Greek ideals in that we assume that college necessitates an opportunity to be successful in our country. I do not think it is the exact same as the Ancient Greek ideals because I assume back then school actually provided people with the skills that they could not have learned elsewhere. I think our culture has just adopted an ideal that getting a degree equals success.