College: The Sixty-Five Thousand Dollar Misunderstanding
But maybe I'm just in a bad mood, influenced by the news that UCLA -- evidently the last of the holdouts -- no longer requires the study of Shakespeare, Milton or Chaucer for English majors. What are our college students required to study, other than how many genders can fit on the head of a pin? I doubt it's the First Amendment, given recent totalitarian events at Brandeis and now the University of Minnesota where the faculty is protesting the appearance of Condeleezza Rice. (There the august professors are standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Reverend Jeremiah Wright, who, as I recall, didn't care much for Condoskeeza [sic] Rice either.)
I apologize for joking around even a little bit, because I think the nature of our higher education is the most dangerous phenomenon in our society today, worse even than the media and Hollywood and considerably more monolithic than either of those two.
I hope Glenn Reynolds is right when he says the bubble will burst soon. I don't want anymore sixty-five thousand dollar misunderstandings.
Meanwhile, read The College Fix. You will see there are actually some students who get they are being had. If anyone will save us, they will.
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