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"GRADUATE education is the Detroit of higher learning. Most graduate programs in American universities produce a product for which there is no market (candidates for teaching positions that do not exist) and develop skills for which there is diminishing demand (research in subfields within subfields and publication in journals read by no one other than a few like-minded colleagues), all at a rapidly rising cost (sometimes well over $100,000 in student loans)..."

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Written by jonippolito (#2)
3041 days ago
This is a compelling argument by Marc Taylor that universities need to be completely restructured to adapt to 21st-century realities. Unlike some other critics of today's educational institutions, Taylor doesn't see technology as the primary instigator or savior; instead he sees academia as increasingly aloof from real-world problems that threaten the health of our society and planet.

Traditional departments are next to useless in tackling global issues like energy, economics, and water. Yet it's also clear that the humanities have an important role to play in any interdisciplinary effort to solve these pressing problems. And I suppose digital media do too.

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