Bassham points out three bad things that characterize a Hohwarts education:
- The School is too dangerous
- There are too few qualified teachers
- Students don't get a well-rounded education. (215)
I will concentrate on the lack of a broad education. Bassham asserts that a Hogwarts education "offers a narrow and vocationally oriented education." Though it gives students the "tools of power," it does not give them the "wisdom to use them." Mortimer Adler noted three things that an education should provide: "to earn a living in an intelligent and responsible fashion, to function as intelligent and responsible citizens, and make both of these things serve the purpose of leading intelligent and responsible lives---to enjoy as fully as possible all the human goods that make a human life as good as it can be."
When I first went to college, my goal was to get a degree so I could enter a particular field. Half-way through I discovered that learning is an end in itself. Learning is an intellectual good. Professional or career-oriented learning is not enough to live a good life.