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August 11, 2006

Yet another *STUPID* report on higher education

Filed under: academia, wikipedia — twofish @ 5:12 am

Sorry for the title, but

http://www.ed.gov/about/bdscomm/list/hiedfuture/index.html

is yet another in a series of *STUPID* reports on higher education. Complain about how education is necessary for American competitiveness, yadda, yadda, yadda.

Not a single word about *hiring more college teachers* or the fact that colleges are creating a vast oversupply of educated individuals. No…. We’ll just have robots teach people.
Sorry for the frustration, but it just annoys the hell out of me to see such supposedly smart people out of touch with reality. Talking yadda, yadda, yadda about the need to expand higher education while at the same time 80% of physics Ph.D.’s can’t find a tenure track position in academia.

Just once I’d like to see one of these blue ribbon panels with someone who is going through graduate school *hell* or junior faculty *hell*.

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3 Comments »

  1. There is no oversupply of educated people. What’s happened in the educational system is like what’s happened to medicine with the HMOs: now people can’t get medical care and doctors are being squeezed.

    Things like wikiversity will correct this in the coming years.

    Comment by Anonymous — August 11, 2006 @ 8:54 am

  2. Maybe describing it as an underdemand is better. In any case, I haven’t see any educational report from blue ribbon panels seriously address this. Unless then do something about hiring, all they are doing is producing frustrated, out of work graduate students.

    The problem is institutional interest. The blue ribbon panels tend to be composed of executives from industry and academia, and they have the institutional interest in having cheap workers and lots of educational funding. The fact that a post-doc/junior faculty has a miserable life is irrelevant to them.

    Something that I’ll do this weekend is to link that report to wikiversity so that people can comment. They say that the want a national dialogue.

    Also, their focus is *MUCH* too narrow. It’s useless to have a national dialogue on these things. It’s necessary to have an global dialogue. My own view is that the American middle class is doomed unless there is a global middle class, and that discussions about American educational policy need to take place in a global context.

    Comment by twofish — August 11, 2006 @ 11:58 am

  3. The English language Wikiversity now has its own website at: http://en.wikiversity.org

    Comment by John Schmidt — October 25, 2006 @ 2:40 pm


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