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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

University education in Canada: "corrupt beyond repair"

Professor Robert Martin of the University of Western Ontario vents his spleen about the sorry state of Canadian universities:
Right at the top of my ever-lengthening list of "things about Canada which I cannot understand" is the fact that, every year, we spend billions of dollars on institutions which we are pleased to call universities.

People arrive at university after completing lengthy processes, which we call education, of idiotisation and moronification. They have also spent years immersed in a barbarous popular culture which is, in my view, vulgar, coarse and infantile. The universities, thus, face a severe challenge, one which they largely fail to meet.

Each fall a horde of illiterate, ignorant cretins enters Canada's universities. A few years later, they all move on, just as illiterate, just as ignorant, rather more cretinous, but now armed with bits of paper, which most of them are probably not able to read, called degrees.

(HT: Improbable Research)


Anonymous said...

Universities lost it when they came under the spell of the lower classes. The Greeks aspired to higher ideals. (real conservative)

Hoarfrost said...

I gave up on Western when they granted Morgantaller an honourary degree. I chocked when I typed honourary

Patrick Ross said...

The ancient Greeks also didn't allow their women to receive an education or participate in public life.

Not the example I'd want to see my country emulate.

Philanthropist said...

A 50% cut in funding for universities would go a long way towards improving them as institutions.

Frivolous indoctrination programs can be scrapped right now, this would include the vast majority of humanities and social studies departments. Deleting their programs would be beneficial to society as a whole as well as the universities since they have never contributed to anything worthwhile.