(globetrotter @ Feb. 25 2005,12:03) I have (amazinly enough) reached the point where I may be thinking of universities more as a place to send Â my children than as a place I can identify with - it concerns me that you send off children to universities, part of the experience of which needs to be gaining charactor and experience in life, and there seems to be an overwhelmingly one sided exposure to one particular political idea, often promoted by people who have lived very insular lives in the academic community.
That part about university being an overwhelmingly one-sided exposure to one particular political idea is a generalization. Â There is variability within departments and across departments. Â I know you like to make generalizations because it simplifies the world and makes it easy to write about, but that method of seeing the world only scratches at the truth. I had many sound teachers at uni, and we had many wonderful debates, and it was a good experience to gain exposure to all sides of arguments. You can take any experience and see as much or as little of it as you like. That said, most people at university are at an age where they are very impressionable and keen to experiment with all kinds of things. Â Learning is one of them. Â There is no hope in trying to hold kids back from this endeavor. Of course, once uni is over, those same kids are going to enter all kinds of environments that have all kinds of political bends and twists. Â University is not a factory to produce a lot of Ann Coultures or Ralph Naders. All of these experiences people go through should not be judged as a series of problems. Â But if you look at these experiences as problems, if you try to control your kid's experiences, you will undoubtedly be dissappointed.
Johny, me? generalize? don't you know me better than that?
I admit I have almost no experience with American campuses - my time at an american B school was spent in the role of an "external expert", not a student or teacher. from what I ahve heard, it seems to be one sided, and very shallow. not to turn this into a political issue, but the fact that a good and established university could celebrate the actions of a stupid little girl who got involved in helping terror organizations and got herself crushed by a tractor, and nobody in the academic world was there to sugest that maybe these types of activities should be avoided, strikes me as a good example.