Tuesday, 12 January 2016

The Skill of Thinking

It got brought up today....that some universities in the US.....are engaging upon a new 'studies' forum.

They've decided that a new and emerging academic field....is the study of fat people.  So, fat studies are popping up with various classes (Weightism, fat stigma, oppression of hefty folks, etc).

Most of my academic life was served with the University of Maryland, Louisiana Tech University, and Fort Steilacoom Community College (Washington State).  Sadly, we didn't have fake classes like this.  You actually had real classes which jumped into the Revolutionary War, English literature, and the study of volcanoes (the one class that I really had zero interest and the instructor was a nut-case dinosaur dig expert).

You'd have to sit there and wonder.....if Dad is paying $24,000 a year for Junior to attend such-and-such state university and he's taking fat stigma psychology classes....how doe this relate to the money being spent?

It would be one thing if Junior was studying ancient Rome, meteor science, catfish dynamics, common horse diseases, and Mayan farming techniques.  That might have some type of balance related to a job later.

The problem I see....is that colleges are reaching a point of desperation.  They need weird classes to attract these stupid kids who can't add numbers.....can't explain any difference between Democrats and Socialists.....and can't tell you what half of twenty-four hours equals.

In a couple of years, I can see these course: leisure activity of Mennonites study, how to grow pumpkins, the science behind Lord of the Rings, lectures over Opie's dismal life in Mayberry, trailer-park psychology, tramp and harlot studies (mostly where you have to go to special bars near the university and have discussions with women), and the science of changing oil in your car (a whole semester where you hear some professor talk about the ways you can do it).

If it sounds like I'm cynical on colleges.....well...I am.  There are a thousand things that you could do....which would teach thinking skills to a bunch of dimwitted high-school kids.  Yet, we seem to be avoiding that one critical skill which might be worth something later in life.