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Academic Cesspools

willis9 Wrote: Apr 24, 2013 6:56 PM
Most of their funding does not come from wealthy donors, but directly or indirectly from taxpayers that are much less informed than the donors. The politicians do not seem to care because none dare be accused of being against education. Indoctrination is not education but they will not allowed to make that point.
nangel Wrote: Apr 24, 2013 11:10 PM
Indeed. Alot of money comes from the Government in the form of student loans. It is no coincidence that this flood of money has resulted in the cost of higher education growing at a frightening pace. It is also no coincidence that we are reaching a tipping point at which graduates are saddled with debts that they'll never be able to repay, particularly in this economy.

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...