I’ve been working on the first post in my series on Chicago neighborhoods and I’ve been a bit surprised at how poor the available scholarship is. Most things are poorly documented, there’s lots of hearsay and speculation presented as facts, some things you find in print are just flat out wrong.
Thinking about this lead me to a realization of why I was so dissatified with my undergraduate education. My high school didn’t prepare me for college. It prepared me for grad school. When I entered college I already knew how to do independent research but I wasn’t expected to and I was surrounded by people who didn’t.