Or, a libertarian might say, why am I so afraid to be paid what I’m WORTH.
Most people are, which is why we spend so much time arguing about who is worth more. I am sure you would do just fine in such a system Peter. Or maybe it is time to venture forth and try your new version of higher education and see if it sells.
There was much to recommend the guild system and it lingers in many trades. The academic variation has been the cover for a heck of a lot of shoddy work. The liberal education brand has cheapened since people can get PhD’s in graphic novels or pornography (OK, sex culture) now.
The taste or inclination for a good liberal education must come earlier than college or even high school. The utility of the three Rs (what are they good for?) as also being good for the soul presumes that people believe they have a soul and elementary school teachers don’t seem to be allowed to talk about that. Which, I admit, assumes they are or ever routinely were capable of discussing the human soul with the very young. (Today, sex education begins at school, but soul education is only for home. That those might even be connected — we are all bodies and chemistry now, an odd triumph of secular humanism.)
But the professor who does not concern himself with his students really is a waste of a university’s time because his job is to bring students into what he does and what he thinks. A culture that values what he thinks about will find ways to support him. Isn’t it as well that the others, the fools, are trimmed away?
Here’s what I’ve been thinking though, that to engage the very young, perhaps we could have MOOC’s for them?
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