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Submitted by donvan (United States), Dec 21, 2006 at 16:52

The University's role in society is changing. The role of academia has changed from a training facility for christian ministers, to training for the elites, to the "degree for everyone" concept. The value of the degree is only a perceived value, as the availability of "Degrees" proliferate via the internet, their value will dimminish. This is another example of the "Deconstruction" of Western Culture. While the disipline and effort required for the degree lessened nearly to the point of irrelevance, Academics cling to the myhology of the transformative powers of "Education".

The Liberal Arts, history, sociology, psychology, lay in shambles. The politically correct, multiculturists, socialists and leftists have hollowed out academia. Why do we even need the bricks and mortor, expensive, exclusive, elitist, colleges with Information is so widely available, why do we do away with college degrees and simply go to schools which train citizens for employment examinations, designed by the governemnt for specific occupations. Academia is a huge business, no different than Wal-Mart, at least at Wal-Mart you know what your getting.

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