Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Losing Ground in Higher Ed

Charles Murray does it again: speaks sense and truth - this time about "higher" education.

Money Q:

Imagine that America had no system of post-secondary education, and you were a member of a task force assigned to create one from scratch. One of your colleagues submits this proposal:

"First, we will set up a single goal to represent educational success, which will take four years to achieve no matter what is being taught. We will attach an economic reward to it that seldom has anything to do with what has been learned. We will urge large numbers of people who do not possess adequate ability to try to achieve the goal, wait until they have spent a lot of time and money, and then deny it to them. We will stigmatize everyone who doesn't meet the goal. We will call the goal a "BA."

You would conclude that your colleague was cruel, not to say insane. But that's the system we have in place.

Read it all

12 Comments:

Blogger David Diano said...

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August 13, 2008 at 10:34 AM 
Anonymous randal said...

Dishonest Dave is living proof that all that “education” by no means equals smarts.

The worst thing about is the Liberals who hold a death grip on Higher Education have all but destroyed it by abusing their holdings and using it as their own private Liberal Indoctrination institution while failing to actually educate kids. And we get to pay for it.
Talk about a BS... We need to remove the “Lib” from Liberal Arts.

August 13, 2008 at 11:09 AM 
Blogger David Diano said...

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August 13, 2008 at 11:21 AM 
Anonymous r said...

Just because some people are capable of independent critical thought which enabled them to resist the Liberal indoctrination while attending college, this seems to make the weak minded Libs who did succumb to the brainwashing think that the others are not “educated”. Lol…

And notice the smug arrogance and disdain with which such Libs look down their noses at folks they believe to be “uneducated”. Not pretty. Compare this to Conservatives, Righties and Repubs, who believe that everyone has merit no matter what their education level, employment status or station in life.

August 13, 2008 at 12:08 PM 
Blogger Spencerblog said...

"From his description of college, one wonders if he's actually ever attended on (sic)."

Murray obtained an A.B. in history from Harvard in 1965 and a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1974.

Granted, those were both somewhat different institutions of higher learning back then, but still qualify as "college."

August 13, 2008 at 12:13 PM 
Blogger Pro Christ Pro Gun said...

Murray is on to something, and the libs hate him for it. If you had competency testing, even for an art history major, you would have people taking the test who all have the degree, where many of them will fail the competency portion.

An interesting and useful concept, but in todays liberal humanistic world, you don't reward people according to their ability, you give to them according to their need.

Diano, are you upset that John Edwards wasn't sleeping with you, but with a woman? Or are you upset that he violated his marriage vows and cheated on his cancer stricken wife?

C. Scott Shields

August 13, 2008 at 1:29 PM 
Blogger David Diano said...

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August 13, 2008 at 10:49 PM 
Blogger Spencerblog said...

"I should have suggested that people like RR with no college experience refrain from commenting on higher education topic."

Diano has no military or war fighting experience or political office holding experience or lawyering experience, that doesn't seem to prevent him from commenting on those topics.

August 14, 2008 at 7:56 AM 
Blogger David Diano said...

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August 14, 2008 at 8:36 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

spencerblog, i guess you want only criminals for commenting on the prison system, too?

August 14, 2008 at 8:47 AM 
Anonymous r said...

No, Anon, Gil was just pointing out the dishonest childish idiocy and hypocrisy that Libs like Dishonest Dave Diano regularly engage in.

Dave is really on a roll here in this thread; blatant lies in every post! Good job, DDD! They teach you that in college?

August 14, 2008 at 10:47 AM 
Blogger steve mcdonald said...

Since, I'm not "upset" at either of the two things that seemed to upset you, I'll tell what I am upset about: why this is even a big deal, when Edwards does not hold a public office nor is running for one. It's a private matter between him and his wife (and if she chooses to stay with him or divorce him, that's her call).

Of course it's a big deal, just shows how much of a phony this guy is! He was a US Senator, he was a VP Candidate in 2004! He was on most people short list for Ho-bama's running mate this year! And he looks like John Ritter! He's just proven how much of a phony he really is and how he's truly a part of the political scumbag club our nation treasures!!! This should qualify him to run for governor in NC, right?

"Well, you know, my wife was in remission..."


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August 15, 2008 at 11:49 AM 

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