Dr David Gelernter, professor of computer science at Yale and one of my favorite systems guys, writes the title article (here) in today’s (23jan17) WSJ. It is an important look into the near future of higher education, and reflects everything we have been talking about in these pages – in short, I agree with the good professor’s assessment of today’s higher education and the most probable direction it will take in the coming years. Gelernter starts with what is obvious to many of us –
U.S. colleges are failing—the fancy-pants institutions along with the rest. … Today’s colleges give students no idea of the structure of knowledge: the topics they should learn, the books and skills they should master. Educators refuse them the guidance and stiff requirements they need and often want. Colleges refuse to provide the survey courses, especially in arts and humanities, that students need to build an educational foundation. Instead, too many teach politicized courses and assign slanted readings and random garbage.
We all should and will have more to say about this. So read the article and sound off, because the crap that’s going on now in our colleges and universities is destined to take down our republic.