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Let’s Help Academia Destroy Itself

agross238 Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 11:31 AM
Concentrate on correcting what's wrong, not tearing it down. Too Nazi-like I 'm afraid. People should concentrate their studies on an informed approach to something their attracted to accomplish in their life's work.
Elisabeth26 Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 11:51 AM
May I suggest, in your case, an English grammar course? "[T]heir attracted to," should be "they're attracted to" [commonly] or "to which they're attracted" [properly].

So concentrating studies should include the basics -- English, math, science, foreign languages, history, geography. The rest of the "studies" can be covered by the time left over for free reading.
Bill1895 Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 11:38 AM
First abolish tenure.
Next enforce Freedom of Information Act laws: especially when it comes to financial issues.
Look at the salaries and staffing costs.
Bill1895 Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 12:23 PM
The University of VA has been fighting the release of it "global warming' studies, Joe Paterno at Penn State fought to keep his state paid salary private, ect.

Freedom of Information needs more strength.
Jack2894 Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 12:38 PM
This is an interesting response.

Whether Joe Paterno tried to keep his salary private is irrelevant. The issue is whether the University came forward with the information, which it did.

However, your transparently opinionated mention of "global warming" studies is not in the same category. If anything, it shows why Universities need tenure, i.e. to prevent politically motivated witch hunts.
Bill1895 Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 1:13 PM
Interesting because it show thats the state colleges try to circumvent Freedom of Information Acts.

In the case of Penn State, several Pennsylvania Colleges tried to get the PA Legislature to exempt them from Freedom of Information Act.

In the case at UVA, state funds may have been used to fund a study on 'global warming or climate change'. Taxpayers have every right to understand how their money is being used. Unless college tenure is now a form ot welfare for Professors.
Bill1895 Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 1:13 PM
Interesting because it show thats the state colleges try to circumvent Freedom of Information Acts.

In the case of Penn State, several Pennsylvania Colleges tried to get the PA Legislature to exempt them from Freedom of Information Act.

In the case at UVA, state funds may have been used to fund a study on 'global warming or climate change'. Taxpayers have every right to understand how their money is being used. Unless college tenure is now a form ot welfare for Professors.

Conservatives should welcome the decline of academia as we know it. I, for one, will celebrate its death by engaging in the same activity that characterized my four years at what some call its pinnacle– drinking a lot of Coors Light.

There is still nostalgia among conservatives, especially older ones who have forgotten what college is really like, for the idea of higher education as a rigorous venue for intellectual growth, an environment of exciting and vibrant ideas shared by wise, caring educators dedicated to the pursuit of truth.

Today, it is nothing of the sort.

For the vast majority...