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Academic Cesspools

James92 Wrote: Apr 24, 2013 8:47 AM
Drifter, you're right on! I was lucky enough to be trained as a machinist and drafsman in H.S. in the 1950's. Learned engine mechanics in the U.S. Air Force and later in life tacked on the "Academic" degrees. At an honors award meeting with the Dean I voiced the unpopular words that the mechanical skills required much more effort than the academic ones. I even become a commercial, multi engine and instrument rated pilot. In the end, I value the "mechanic" title the most.

Over the past 10 years, I have written columns variously titled "Academic Cesspools," "Academic Dishonesty," "The Shame of Higher Education," "Academic Rot" and "Indoctrination of Our Youth." Therefore, I was not surprised by David Feith's April 5th Wall Street Journal article, "The Golf Shot Heard Round the Academic World." In it, Feith tells of a golf course conversation between Barry Mills, the president of Bowdoin College, in Brunswick, Maine, and philanthropist Thomas Klingenstein. Klingenstein voiced disapproval of campus celebration of diversity and ethnic differences while there's "not enough celebration of our common American identity."

Because Klingenstein wouldn't help finance the college's...