Pissing into the wind: What I’m reading, April 10, 2016

Universities

It’s not that I really disagree with Jonathan Cole. But there has to be more to the story than claiming that “Americans say they strongly believe in exceptional educational systems; they want their kids to attend excellent and selective colleges and to get good, well-paying, prestigious jobs.” It’s not enough, as Cole does, to blame completely opposite policies on politicians.[1] At some point, the people themselves must accept responsibility for what they have acquiesced to, for all their anti-intellectual rhetoric, and their choice to lump intellectuals in with politicians and corporate leaders as “elites.” Politicians may have enacted policy. But the people have enabled that policy and until they stop enabling that policy, it will continue.

Jonathan R. Cole, “The Pillaging of America’s State Universities,” Atlantic, April 10, 2016, http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/04/the-pillaging-of-americas-state-universities/477594/


Footnotes

  1. [1]Jonathan R. Cole, “The Pillaging of America’s State Universities,” Atlantic, April 10, 2016, http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/04/the-pillaging-of-americas-state-universities/477594/

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