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From the Editor
By: David Deschesne
Editor/Publisher, Fort Fairfield Journal
October 30, 2013
The College/University Scam
I saw a news story the other day where colleges and universities are whining and complaining about dropping student enrollment and how they’re trying to brainstorm new ways to attract those tuition-paying students to them.
The college and university system of learning inside a brick building with a (usually flip-flop-wearing socialist or communist) professor is rapidly becoming obsolete and students in the education marketplace are figuring that out.
The modern university system traces its roots back to 1200 A.D. where the first to gain importance and renown were the University of Paris and the University of Bologna. These universities were outgrowths of the monastic and cathedral schools fostered by the church. The university then added the teaching of medicine, law, and philosophy to the instruction in the arts to which the earlier schools were limited. (see The New Modern Encyclopedia ©1952 WM H. Wise & Co), p.1354)
In its early days through to about the latter part of the 20th century, universities were the central repositories of knowledge on the subjects they taught. If anyone wanted to further their knowledge on a topic beyond what was learned in public school, the university was where they had to go. However, with the advent of the computer age the university system of learning is going out like the dinosaur. Its demise can be summed up in one word.
The search engine on a computer coupled with a person willing to expend a little time to research will net most of the knowledge one could gain from the outdated and outmoded university for the cost of internet service. This is not to say specialized job training like nursing, welding, engineering, etc. can be learned solely online. For those and other skilled jobs there is always room for a specialized school. It’s just that all the “frills” classes like English, Sociology, Botany/Horticulture, Computer and others are not necessary for one to function in those jobs, but universities and colleges still rely on them today to bulk up their student schedules and justify exorbitant tuition prices.
For example, most universities require a computer class to learn how to use Microsoft Windows and its affiliated software—what a waste. Any 18 year-old High School graduate today is going to already know how to use a computer and most of the programs that come with it. For those new software programs they are not familiar with, the ever-familiar “Help” key and online user groups will get them up to speed in a hurry. So, why buy a hundred dollar textbook and sit through a class with a professor teaching you what you can already learn for free? It’s simple, money.
There’s a lot of money in education in a society that has been brought up—I say brainwashed—into believing they have to go to college in order to be “qualified” for a job. Well, I’ve been writing, photographing, publishing and selling this newspaper for going on ten years and I’ve never attended a college or university. But, I digress.
The book scam is just that. Aside from minor tweaks in the vernacular, has English grammar really changed that much over the past 150 years? No, so why require a new and updated English book for $125 for new college or university students? Has math changed that much over the past 500 years? Is the Pythagorean theorem still A2+B2=C2? As far as I know, that hasn’t changed since it was formulated by Pythagoras around 2,500 years ago. So, why require students purchase new math books to attend a university? Also, the other non-scientific “opinion”-based courses like psychology and sociology are merely propaganda placement for socialist and communist professors to teach their skewed and busted ideologies to a captive audience. I guess nobody ever told those professors that communism has never successfully worked anywhere in world history. It always ends up playing itself out with empty store shelves and people dying en masse at the hands of their government.
Speaking of left-leaning. I had a conversation with an older university student in Aroostook County (that’s as specific as I’ll get) on a Sociology class she recently attended. It seems the topic of the day was how society is still sexist and biased toward males because male chicken meat costs more than the more common female chicken in the grocery store.
The feminist college professor led a class discussion on the male chauvinism and bias that made this one student bite her tongue because she knew why male chicken meat costs more, but did not want to challenge and humiliate the professor in front of the class.
The reason male chicken costs more is the meat tastes better. The reason the meat tastes better is the male is castrated when he is just a chick and thus does not have male hormones. To castrate a male chicken without chemicals is not easy. The chicken’s sex organs must be reached via a surgical procedure while the bird is still very young. It takes an experienced chicken castrator to do the job without killing the young bird so with that comes an extra cost. The resulting bird creates what is called in chicken lingo, a Capon.
Capons are neutered roosters but are a delicacy because the meat is much more tender and tasty. Capons are found in the specialty food section of large grocery stores and because of their added value and taste, command a higher price.
All of this has nothing to do with society being sexually biased toward the male gender and elevating males above females in the chicken aisle of their grocery store. But, the feminist professor at this university presumably had no idea what she was talking about so she turned a discussion of Capons being higher priced into something that fit her agenda. The rest of the class was composed of young, impressionable first-year students so they didn’t know any better. At best, this was a case of the blind leading the blind; at worst, a case of outright propaganda and skewing of facts to fit an agenda. Either way, the students walked out of the class dumber than they were when they went in, thinking they had just gained some highly valuable insights about the human condition when all they learned was feminist propaganda.
I could write pages about how other classes in universities and colleges are nothing more than propaganda placement tools of left-leaning socialist/communist professors, but I won’t waste your time. For a great documentary video on the scam that is today’s college and university system, search the video “College Conspiracy” online. It is one hour long and a professionally produced documentary that indicts today’s colleges for what they are—a money scam.
©2013 David R. Deschesne, All Rights Reserved