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.
Actually, if your daddy doesn't have enough money to keep you in the style in which you are accustomed, you don't belong at any liberal arts college.
In the past, the poorer student could pursue a liberal arts degree and upon graduation resume finding something useful to do for money that may or may not be enhanced by their education. But that only works if you don't go into debt for your sojourn into academia.
If the subject of Kant is not done in film--it is not a requirement for a humanities degree.
What is most disgusting and terrifying is this: small private liberal arts college can't be successful financially without offering a School of Business. In particular an MBA. I know of one very liberal arts school in Ohio (sorry Bird Dog) that does not require any MATH competency (and absolutely no Calculus). You can acquire an MBA and not be able able to add 2+2 !! This is the most evil conundrum in academia today. The schools MUST offer business degrees--but, may not have the courage (spine, guts,) to demand an ability in upper level math. Go Figure!
“I must study Politicks and War that my sons may have liberty to study Mathematicks and Philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematicks and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, musick, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelaine.” John Adams, Letter to Abigail Adams, May 12, 1780.
Implicit in this statement is the assumption that the sons will make enough cash for the estate to keep up the grandchildren. Of course, estate taxes are designed to limit the number who can achieve the latter.
Lessee. I can do calculus, adore it. I sure tried my best to write good essays quickly (grin). From what I already know, even if I did know more about Kant (even much more), I still wouldn't discuss it in a civilized manner.
I don't think these two are the same. Of what value is the calculus to a lawyer? Of what value is studying Kant to an engineer?
Doesn't this apply to that surfer dude that Doc made a big fuss about?
It does in my mind.
Now if said surfer dude is actively looking for employment that provides a reasonable standard of living and there just isn't any, which is very possible in Obama's economy, than fine I get that and agree with Doc. However, given the way surfer dude came off in the story he struck me as a hipster/slacker who was more than happy to take whatever he could to support his preferred life of leisure style...but that could just have been the right wing spin from the Fox reporter.