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.
It's a damn shame. A Liberal Arts degree used to mean something. It describe a person who with a wide and deep level education, exposed to the classics of literature and history, capable of calculus, and familiar with basic science. Somebody who could read and write at an exceedingly high level. They used to be sought-after recruits into management training programs.
Now the degrees have been devalued into a joke. They are trained only in the grievance arts and completely ignored by corporate recruiters.
@ NJSoldier - Here here! I made a similar comment a few days ago. Challenging the idea that someone could get a Master's degree in Puppetry was a farce. The idea of academic achievement has been so watered down to be indistinguishable from what the original universities had intended.
The concept of a degree from an American college or university has been so debased, to be almost meaningless. I completely agree with you. So much so that many German firms won't even consider an American with only a bachelor's degree. In fact, no engineering student in Germany would think of trying to find work with just a BS, a MSEE or MSME is a basic requirement these days.
There was a time students had to learn those topics, but from what we read about American students today, public education is a dismal failure. They don't learn history, or the arts, or more importantly, critical thinking. If you ever read Victor David Hanson's blogs, it's clear even universities like Stanford are in trouble.
It used to be students embraced debates about these topics. Today they're threatened by their own history, most likely because they don't know anything about it. Throw words around like "Robert E. Lee" or "native Americans" and students run screaming into safe zones with their fingers in their ears. And the professors and administrators hand out tissues to dry their tears and comfort them and shoo away journalists trying to report on these things.
Well, it's not all that great here in Germany either. When we use trigger words like "invader" or "foreigner" or "rapist" to describe "refugees" we get called Nazi's and get our Facebook pages shut down.
Same problem, different country.
Karl Horst (Germany)
Somehow, somehow as an undergraduate in the late 1960's, I was able to study engineering + science and still manage to complete courses in literature, history, and even a foreign language--all in four years. No diversity courses and no Studies courses (indoctrination courses) to "enlighten " me. I liked the Liberal Arts courses and many I have interacted with over the last 50 years were surprised that I knew something about History and Literature and could carry on a conversation.
But our public school students do feel good about themselves, recognize that white European males are the root of the world's problems (them and global warming) and understand that there are no absolute truths - and they know who to call if you violate their safe space.
You know, things that are useful in the job market.