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Let’s Help Academia Destroy Itself

David1334 Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 8:12 PM
Distance learning may work for subjects that don't require hands on learning - such as law. Engineering, hard sciences, medicine - and yes, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and auto mechanics - require extensive, guided hands on work in laboratory environments. Universities provide these to students preparing for careers in engineering, medicine, and the sciences. Community colleges and technical institutes provide these to students preparing for careers as technicians in industry. And the classroom component of these curricula needs interaction between students asking questions and instructors who answer them - and provide help for students who don't get it on the first try. Be careful about throwing out the baby with the bath water.

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...