I will apologize in advance for offending all those on this forum who have attained a high level of education.
I think it's about high time that the western world's fascination with post-secondary education gets put into check anyway. If Harvard has been exposed as just another feminist soapbox, then so be it. Society has to quit kissing people's ass who have "a degree". So what? Whoopty Doo! University politics is ridiculous. It's hard to ignore on a university campus that a person in graduate studies looks down on an undergrad, a Ph D looks down on someone with only a Master's etc. The actual intellect and contribution someone can make is far too connected with their academic achievment and politics. It has far too little to do with the subject at hand.
I got in trouble once for laying into my linguistics prof when I was a junior. He stopped me out of class one day and chewed me out and humiliated in front of several people (not education related, but I don't remember what for anymore). He pissed me off, so I laid right back into him asking if he felt that 4 or 5 more years of education than me made him a higher class of human being than me. I paid to learn language from him, not his moral code.
This whole feminazi system can be traced back to our post secondary educational institutions. Where people get to live in "theory world" and ignore the real world. Where do you think that people attain the authority to say the bullshit rhetoric that feminism spews? And no-one is allowed to question someone with a Ph D. unless they also possess a Ph D. - Cough, BULLSHIT, cough! (I don't need a Ph D to recognize the dilema in that theory.)
I'm glad that Harvard has been exposed as yet another institution that panders more to the "politically correct" (which was created by these same great thinkers) and ignores it's mandate to seek the truth.
Albert Einstein, with his measly education, wouldn't even be acknowledged in today's world by someone with a Ph D in Physics. Leonardo Da Vinci, Galileo and Isaac Newton probably received the equivalent education of today's junior high school student - yet it didn't stop them from making profound observations and discoveries.
Institutions of Higher Learning have been effectively stifling mankind's development. Check into the population of the earth today as compared to the total sum of the populations of the earth from the Middle Ages to the Industrial Revolution. Anyone with a Degree in Math or Stats should be able to tell you that there should be several of each of Shakespeares, Mozarts, Davincis, Gallileos, Copernicus, Einsteins, etc etc that should be alive today. Where are they? Why are they not out there in todays world? We have the population base that dictates that statisticly they should exist.
Degrees in the humanities might just as well be all classified as degrees in the Department of Questionable Theories, because they have such a wide variance of conclusions that nothing is concrete - it's all theorized conclusions and 15 + 35 can be argued to create the sum of 0 or 100 and anywhere in between, depending on the Ph D's particular leanings and views.
And how come I've never seen a Psychology Ph D doing a University funded study on the causes and effects of the arrogance new Ph D recipients seems to universally possess? Why is there no study on why most Ph D's look down on those "dumber" people with only a Master's, and so on? Where's the University Study on the effects of the Collegiate Hierarchy? This phenomenon can be traced back (and blamed) throughout history for many things:
- Galileo and Copernicus were censured by the more learned.
- When Samuel Champlain's ship's crew was cured of scurvy by an Indian concoction made of pine needles (high in vitamin C), the medical community in Europe scoffed that savages knew of such things and millions of more sailors died as a result.
- Louis Pasteur was publicly humiliated and almost drummed into obscurity by his educated peers for suggesting that unseen germs cause people to die after surgery - therefore doctors should wash their hands.
Now that everyone and their dog is educated, one has to wonder if development is being stifled with an all time severity. God help the plumber with a 155 IQ being looked down upon by the Ph D with a 120 IQ.
As Mensa can quickly tell you, their members include people from all walks of life. Including people who have dropped out of high shcool, those who are on welfare, and those that are homeless. Intelligence has absolutely nothing to do with "a degree". Yet a degree gives the owner the right to...
Two of the most successful businessmen in the world are Bill Gates and Michael Dell. Both dropped out of college in their first year. Their level of education hardly qualifies them to manage the local Radio Shack. However, I would personally take their views on economics and marketing far more seriously than a Harvard Economics Ph D. Wouldn't you?
Here we go again, at Harvard. A bunch of over educated individuals causing a bunch of fuss over something so stupid it shouldn't even have been mentioned.
When everyone in town has a Ph D in ?BS?, guess who's going to be getting paid $1,000/hr? Yeah, you guessed it, the one guy who chose to be a plumber. Your local Ph D must have skipped ECON101 in his first year as an undergrad! You never know, that guy who mows your lawn might be the equivelant of George Washington, because George would never have become President today with his level of education. (Being that George was home-schooled and his post-secondary education was as a surveyor).
I'd like to have a Ph D. in Reality. Then I could preach to the world two things: "I have a BA Degree... would you like fries with that?" and "Righty Tighty, Lefty Loosie". Then I would lead my students in a rousing rendition of Pink Floyd's "The Wall".
The world of Academia needs to be exposed for it's fraudulent beliefs and practises. It is self serving in that it has made itself the benchmark for preaching whats important and then it preaches that it is itself the most important. But of course, no one will believe that until someone with a Ph D says so.
Thank you, Mr. Summers, for again showing the world how screwed up Institutions of Higher Learning are.
(Ph D in Reality, Summa Cum Laude, School of Hard Knocks)