We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The graduates of our social sciences and humanities programs are increasingly found wanting in the workplace. Unless they can find employment in a leftist dominated milieu (e.g., government, academia, public sector union, media conglomerate), the American business world finds them ill-equipped to function successfully in what remains of the US entrepreneurial society.
The costs of a university indoctrination--er, that is, education--have skyrocketed. In light of the previous bullet, consumers-- i.e., the students' parents--find it increasingly hard to justify the expense.
Intense criticism of the faculty is on the rise: they can't teach; or what they teach is garbage or propaganda; they're too busy with their "research"; and they are overpaid.
Administrative policies make no sense--multiculturalism trumps achievement, political correctness outweighs impartiality.
Most damaging, our universities, after a prolonged period of indoctrination, return students to their parents in a form that parents cannot recognize--their opinions, values and behavior have been altered beyond repair. (To be fair, it is encouraging that a not insignificant percentage of college grads manage to resist the brainwashing on campus).
So Barrister's most recent urination all over higher Education comes from a website titled "Minding the Campus." Directly underneath within the title block it states "Reforming Our Universities."
hmmmmm. Then, as expected (and similar to the 'ole farm here at Maggie's) their opening mission statement includes the warm, fuzzy and legitimizing principle of centrism:
Minding the Campus hopes to change that by fostering a new climate of opinion that favors civil and honest engagement of all sides, offering an engaged debate for readers concerned with the state of the modern university. [/]
Hardly because this centrist philosophy aspired to is crushed by the notion of reform stated in the title block so any article espousing the virtues of a modern degree will be virtually accidental.
Not that I think all is well but look, it's reform itself that is at the heart of the decline of academia on all levels. If schools and universities used to be so great, why have we done nothing over the past 40 years except to change everything? If change means more liberalization, shouldn't Mind The Campus really shun reform itself? Ah, but that would smack too much of obstructionist and those stalwarts of academia must come off as progressive so they better at least mention offering "both sides" to create the implicit mood of openmindedness they speak of upholding...yet don't.
Too bad they have to stoop to drivel such as:
[i] •Intense criticism of the faculty is on the rise: they can't teach; or what they teach is garbage or propaganda; they're too busy with their "research"; and they are overpaid.
....I don't have enough time to tackle that mouthfull of hate and envy. They should at least call a spade a spade and change their name to "Pissing On The Campus" or perhaps "Missing My Old Campus."
I'll just give Barrister my signature "cripes" and move along~ Good day and sorry that so many in my profession so thoroughly let him down on a daily basis~