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Let’s Help Academia Destroy Itself

BobIsBob Wrote: Mar 08, 2013 10:08 PM
As an Engineer, I find a knowledge of the Calculus to be a very useful and necessary part of my day to day work. The greatest failures I have seen are caused by ignoring mathematics in daily work. Examples would include the failures of the two lost Space Shuttles, the collapse of the walkway in Kansas City, any of a number of bridges over the last two hundred years. The lists are long and painful. When I was in College, and even today from those I know who are going through it, while Colleges generally are pouring out 'liberal Studies' majors in record numbers, Engineering Colleges have a great deal of room for more students in all grades above Freshman. It's pretty much the same in Physics and Chemistry.

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...