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Let’s Help Academia Destroy Itself

topperj2 Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 1:22 PM
I've learned as much about history and architecture by taking courses offered online by Hillsdale College and on DVD from The Teaching Center than I learned in four years at THE Ohio State University 46 years ago. My parents worked their rears off, even back then, to allow me to attend college. My kids have long-since graduated college but we're still paying off one of the outstanding loans. The education BLOB, a term coined by John Stossel, is as outdated as the USPS and about as effective. This article completely nails why we are in such trouble as a nation. We can't educate our kids anymore thanks to progressives and the teacher unions.
JustMC Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 1:26 PM
The USPS is FAR more effective at achieving its stated goals. Letters and packages are delivered with great success. The cost may be way too high, but that's at least one out of two for the postal service.

College today is similarly outrageously expensive, but the typical result, unlike with the post office, is NOT useful education. It's 0 for 2 with college.
JustMC Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 1:28 PM
BTW topper, if I sound like I disagreed with you, I didn't. My comment was actually praising your comment with faint damning. I am heaping further weight onto your main point by saying your analogy doesn't go far enough in condemning most of modern college outcomes.

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...