The honest academics admit this. The ignorant and lying ones deny it; which is why I found this comment by a recent college graduate quite interesting:
And, following another frequent theme on this blog, I also found this statement quite interesting:But in specific terms, what did these students learn about American history? Or citizenship? One student said the content of his assigned studies was “pretty much about slavery.”
“Although some classes in my degree are going to help me with the general outline, on-the job training and part-time jobs [taught me] exponentially more than what I’ve paid for,” one former student said.A couple of years ago, I recall reading a comment by an academic military historian on another Civil War blog who said that "book learning" was far more useful than experience. I wonder if he'd prefer a heart surgeon fresh out of "book learning" medical school, or one who's got a few thousand surgeries under his belt? But don't confuse him with reality - that would require thought. His comment was actually quite condescending toward those without college degrees. I don't think this person has ever held a job in the private sector, so he's led a rather sheltered life.
Of course, none of this comes as a surprise to me. I've known it for years. Is it any wonder I don't trust a lot of academics?
Just to be clear, there is no one in America who values knowledge and wisdom, and who possesses more of a yearning to learn, than do I. But the monopoly (now being successfully challenged, by the way) that the left and the government has had on our education system has failed miserably.