Corporations and Government and Education – Excellent Analysis by Frank Bruni in NY Times

Source: Corporations Will Inherit the Earth – The New York Times

I posted this comment on the page.

Here is Thomas Jefferson on the importance of the type of education that is critical to democracy but not to corporations.

 

“…Preach…a crusade against ignorance…improve the law for educating the common people. Let our countrymen know that the people alone can protect us against…evil, and that…kings, priests and nobles…will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance…”

 

Unfortunately, Jefferson’s warning doesn’t matter to most of those in higher education, either.

 

Here is David Riesman in 1980.

 

“…advantage can…be taken of [students] by unscrupulous instructors and institutions…Like any other interest group, the student estate often does not grasp its own interests, and those who speak in its name are not always its friends.”

 

Given that corporations are not in a position to “educate the common people”, and that education can’t be left in the hands of “unscrupulous instructors and institutions”, we have the people “alone [to] protect us” and work to guarantee that they themselves are not left in “ignorance”

 

I write a blog, inside-higher-ed , solely for the purpose of helping people see what is happening in higher education, and how the rampant corruption there has metastasized throughout all of American education. Only a “crusade…to improve the law for educating the people” will get us out of this mess.

 

Your column is point on. Thanks.

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