OBSERVATIONS ON ACADEMICS AND SCHOOLING
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"If education provides anything, it should be an ability to think -- that is, to weigh one idea against an opposing idea, and to use evidence and logic to try to determine what is true and what is false. That is precisely what our schools and colleges are failing to teach today." -- Thomas Sowell

"The public school system is already so beleaguered by bureaucracy; so cowed by the demands of due process; so overwhelmed with faddish curricula that its educational purpose is almost an afterthought." -- Janice Rogers Brown

"Just as any moron can destroy a priceless Ming vase, so the shallow and ill-educated people who run our schools can undermine and destroy from within a great civilization that took centuries of dedicated effort to create and maintain." -- Dr. Thomas Sowell

"In 1940, teachers were asked what they regarded as the three major problems in American schools. They identified the three major problems as: Littering, noise, and chewing gum. Teachers last year were asked what the three major problems in American schools were, and they defined them as: Rape, assault, and suicide." -- William Bennett, 1993

"An elite university is like a kibbutz hooked up to an ATM. It is the closest thing we may ever find to a socialist enterprise that endures." -- Andrew Samwick

"Academia is virtually a liberal monopoly but they show no misgivings about the lack of diversity of ideas on campus. It is only physical diversity that arouses the passions of liberals because that engages their attitudes toward particular social groups." -- Thomas Sowell

"The more profound problem, however, is the degree to which many academic intellectuals, especially in the humanities, have lost their ability to distinguish the 'state' from 'society'." -- "Assumptions of Power" by Stephen Cox, Reason magazine, March, 1993

"I'd rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University." -- William F. Buckley, Jr.

"In his latest book, Revolutionary Wealth, co-written with his wife Heidi, [futurist Alvin] Toffler diagrams the varying speeds in which institutions change. In one chapter, the couple uses a series of figurative cars on the freeway to make their point. Zooming along at 100 MPH 'is a car representing the fastest-changing major institution in America today -- the company or business,' the Tofflers write.  By contrast, a car driven by government and regulatory agencies would be puttering at a speed of 25 MPH. Meanwhile, bringing up the rear, at 10 miles per hour, shuddering along 'with a flat tire and steam coming out its radiator' is the American school system. 'Is it possible that it costs $400 billion to maintain this broken heap? The answer is yes, every year'." -- Edward B. Driscoll Jr.

"The degree of vapidity of belief is often greater with academics. As Orwell observed, there are some ideas so stupid that only intellectuals can believe them." -- Gary Jason

"The belief that all wealth comes from stealing is popular in prisons and at Harvard." -- George Gilder

A university professor comments on the perpetual mid-life crisis of some of his colleagues here.

"There are fewer places where you are more likely to run into lunatics than on a college faculty." -- John Dobbins

"Some dedicated people with intelligence may suffer through ed school in order to teach, but many others will decide that they have better things to do than listen to the pretentious garbage presented to students under the guise of teacher training." -- Dr. Thomas Sowell
  

"When we go to our doctors' offices we don't expect to see signs on their office doors making political statements attacking the war in Iraq or attacking those who oppose it. That's because doctors are professionals and have taken an oath to minister to all their patients regardless of their political beliefs. Why can't we expect the same professionalism and decency from our professors?" -- David Horowitz

"Over the last 20 years or so the philosophic orientation known as 'postmodernism' (or 'po-mo,' to the cognoscenti) has become the dominant mindset in many humanities departments in American universities, especially in English departments. ... The po-mo view is metaphysically anti-realist and anti-naturalist ... socially subjectivist in epistemology ... In short, postmodernism is relativism run riot, skepticism on stilts." -- Gary Jason, "Socialism's Last Bastion"

An Environmental Economics professor is accused of stealing manure.  Insert your own joke here.

"... many academic colleagues working in my field of basic biological research ... would run over their grandmothers to claim priority for a discovery, impose their pet theory on the field, obtain a research grant, win an award or garner a promotion. It's the same in other scientific fields ..." -- Thomas P. Stossel in The Wall Street Journal, Dec. 30, 2005 as quoted here

"The most fundamental fact about the ideas of the political left is that they do not work. Therefore we should not be surprised to find the left concentrated in institutions where ideas do not have to work in order to survive." -- Thomas Sowell

"When I see a Teresa Heinz Kerry or George Soros, or the Hollywood elite, or the pampered professoriate, I see out-of-touch utopians who lecture others to do what they never would. Sort of the Kerry SUV syndrome or the big mansions of a Barbra Streisand lecturing on conservation." -- Victor Davis Hanson


 
 
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