Saturday, December 28, 2013

"Walmart educations?"

http://news.msn.com/in-depth/we-are-creating-walmarts-of-higher-education
The previous link is tied to an online news story that begins thus:

"Universities in South Dakota, Nebraska, and other states have cut the number of credits students need to graduate. A proposal in Florida would let online courses forgo the usual higher-education accreditation process. A California legislator introduced a measure that would have substituted online courses for some of the brick-and-mortar kind at public universities.

"Some campuses of the University of North Carolina system are mulling getting rid of history, political science, and various others of more than 20 “low productive” programs. The University of Southern Maine may drop physics. And governors in Florida, North Carolina and Wisconsin have questioned whether taxpayers should continue subsidizing public universities for teaching the humanities.

"Under pressure to turn out more students, more quickly and for less money, and to tie graduates’ skills to workforce needs, higher-education institutions and policy makers have been busy reducing the number of required credits, giving credit for life experience, and cutting some courses, while putting others online."

I don't get why educational institutions, and governments for that matter, decide it's a good idea to cut programs that provide students with a diverse foundation, such as sciences or humanities. Especially humanities. Society decides it's okay to forego the things that enrich our lives and expand our minds in the pursuit of getting more more more and becoming more more more. Our society puts the wrong emphasis on what determines success. As for me, I am thoroughly opposed to these kinds of "improvements," and agree with this quote:
So lawmakers, think about what you are really doing.

Sincerely, Emily

A renaissance woman (and better off for it)

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