Blondie:. Taking Aim at – The Failure of Academia

    Blondie
    September20/ 2017

    SoBlonde

    Taking Aim at… The Failure of Academia

    This is almost never said out loud by ANY politician. It may be whispered in some obscure think tanks, and aren’t they ALL, but rarely do people who might actually DO something about this, say these things out loud.

    Blondie

    Our universities are at least 80% failing to produce productive citizens, which is really their only job.

    (I say 80% since I think that possibly 20% still come out of 4-8 years of college with the ability to get jobs in medicine, law, engineering and accounting. Too bad we need less laws, accounting will be a dying business if tax reform is every passed and if BamCare is not undone, all of medical jobs will just be government jobs.

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    Governor of Kentucky Takes Aim at Majors Like ‘Interpretive Dance’

    By Tom Knighton September 18, 2017 PJ Media

    It’s hard to listen to some millennials belly ache about student loan debt. After all, those who tend to complain the loudest are people who racked up six-figure debt while majoring in things like Russian literature and lesbian fruitbat studies. Why should any of us feel bad for them when they made such stupid decisions about their education with no understanding that after college you need to get a job.

    The lack of opportunity for those with certain majors is a problem that many people are discussing, but thus far few talking about it have the authority to do much to address the problem. However, as Campus Reform reports, at least one state governor is doing just that.

    In a speech to the Conference on Postsecondary Education Trusteeship on Tuesday in Louisville, Kentucky, [Kentucky Governor Matt] Bevin suggested that the universities and colleges could “find entire parts of your campus…that don’t need to be there.”

    He suggested eliminating programs because of the potential cuts the state could make and because they don’t produce graduates filling high-wage, high-demand jobs.

    “Either physically as programs, degrees that you’re offering, buildings that…shouldn’t be there because you’re maintaining something that’s not an asset of any value, that’s not helping to produce that 21st century educated workforce,” he said.

    There’s not a lot of jobs right now in America looking for people with [interpretive dance] as a skill set,” Bevin pointed out, echoing his previous criticism of French literature majors. ….. READ MORE.

    The fact that there will be fewer women’s studies degrees floating around would simply be a happy coincidence.

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    • JP Reply
      2 years ago

      The US Army says that only 3 out 10 potential applicants can meet the requirement to even join. Since they only require an IQ of about 92, that suggests that there are large portions of the potential pool with drug or mental problems, serious criminal records, obesity, or other factors that preclude them from consideration. An IQ of 92 puts at least 60% of the general population in the candidate pool, so it isn’t that they need a higher average intelligence than the general population has available.
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      This problem suggests that the University system isn’t the critical point of failure. That point lies somewhere much further back along the timeline.

    • CPR Reply
      2 years ago

      Although different generations, we drove over the same bridges, visited the same parks and zoo, ending up with same “show me” attitude and love for country, rooting for the Cards, win or lose. By we, I mean you, Phyllis Schafly, and me. BobLee has the disease. Give ‘Em hell, Blondie…Just as you always have.

      Paul Christman and Don Faurot weep for Mizzou.

    • Charlotte Wuffie Reply
      2 years ago

      Great to have you on board Blondie! Maybe BobLee and AP can pick up some tips from you!

    • Joe Bloomer Reply
      2 years ago

      Looking forward to your posts Blondie!

    • Former96heel Reply
      2 years ago

      Give ’em heck Blondie. Just like in the private sector, if Universities fail to produce what the market needs, someone will fill the vacuum with possibly a better alternative. I am sure there may be others, but MissionU is one. Debt-free, willing to educate for a share of the students salary for the first 3 years after graduation, and specializing in a field that is in demand and not traditionally taught at slow evolving schools.
      I can only hope to wake one day in the future and see the bloated Universities we finance go the way of Blockbuster or the newspaper.

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