“You know, we don’t need a lot more anthropologists in the state. It’s a great degree if people want to get it, but we don’t need them here. I want to spend our dollars giving people science, technology, engineering, math degrees.
That’s what our kids need to focus all their time and attention on.”
Think of it as electoral politics, not education policy or even jobs policy. Have you learned to translate rhetoric for reality yet? Mother Jones is getting the hang of it. This is no different than voter suppression laws masterminded by R-think tanks and pushed through R-dominated states all over what’s left of this once-great union. (“union”=ironic term in itself, these days.)
Florida’s unpopular tea party governor, Rick Scott, wants more of the state’s youths to pick up college degrees… but only if the degrees are useful to corporations and don’t teach students to question social norms.
. . .As opposed to conservative-friendly disciplines like economics and business management, liberal arts produce more culturally aware and progressive citizens, inclined to challenge ossified social conventions and injustices.
Eliminate cultural and social sciences from public colleges, and you’ll ultimately produce fewer community organizers, poets, and critics; you’ll probably churn out more Rotarians, Junior Leaguers, and Republican donors.
The debate is only starting over FSU (is it Florida State University or For Sale University?) and its decision to embrace a $1.5 million pledge from . . . one of the conservative billionaire brothers at Koch Industries, to be used for hiring in the economics department. In exchange, Koch’s representatives get to “screen and sign off on” the hires, essentially winning the right to interfere in faculty hiring at a publicly funded university.
Not just here and not just the Koch brothers, of course. No, that would be something the rest of you could blow off. But this isn’t:
[F]ormer BB&T banking chairman John Allison is working through the company’s foundation to give schools grants up to $2 million. The condition? They must agree to create a course on capitalism that has Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged — a book Allison adores — on the reading list. The article reports that 60 schools, including at least four campuses of the University of North Carolina (the home state of BB&T), have begun teaching the book as a result of accepting the foundation money.
Reports Bloomberg: “We have sought out professors who wanted to teach these ideas,” says Allison, now a professor at Wake Forest University’s business school in Winston-Salem, N.C.
“It’s really a battle of ideas. If the ideas that made America great aren’t heard, then their influence will be destroyed.”
The rich and ruthless can reform education into a “company store” where big-business bosses control every aspect of their workers’ lives. Make them grateful to the “job creators” and dependent on them for everything in life (just forget liberty and pursuit of happiness, which people will soon enough, once all education has been cleverly replaced by indoctrination and vocational training.)
Thus work round the clock and calendar is all there is to think about, necessary to any life at all, which is good for business! The workers get access only to what the bosses deign to sell them, at any price the bosses wish to charge, keeping them indebted and unable to choose any other life or work anywhere, ever. Unable even to question whether another life is possible or desirable?
And then there’s nothing for goverment apart from the bosses to do — the bosses ARE the government.