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Let’s Help Academia Destroy Itself

harleyone Wrote: Mar 05, 2013 11:13 AM
The whole point of the article is that 1) the out dated notion that everyone should/must go to college to succeed is simply that out dated, 2) the incredible debt young people must aquire to graduate with a piece of paper nearly worthless is reality, 3) as new learning paradigms emerge the old will simply wither from lack of use. In a couple of generations this useless, nonsensical, out moded, PC method of indoctrination will be completely changed. As our economy becomes leaner and more efficient simply because is has to, there is no option, academia will have to follow.
fogbuster Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 10:30 AM
1. Not at all? The reason "more and more available employment requires post-secondary education" is because so many are under-employed! Why not require the highest qualification when there are so many to choose from?

2. No indication? What do you say to people who have a liberal arts degree and are working at a convenient store? What advice do you have for those graduating from H.S. this year to assure them that the cost of their college education is a sound investment?

3. Yes, education will surely have to change, hopefully more than it needs to.
Jack2894 Wrote: Mar 05, 2013 11:40 AM
1. Not at all. Economic predictions indicate that more and more available employment will require post-secondary education. It's not the best time to get a college degree, but it is the worst time to NOT get a college degree. Not to mention the fact that the so called "professional" degrees such as law and medicine require a BA as a starter.

2. There is no indication a college degree is worthless.

3. Education will surely have to change, but probably not as much as you would wish it to.

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...