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The recent BLOWBACK posts remind me of something I learned at college. Don't let your classes get in the way of your education!
Re. CLINGING. It's a mistake to lump "trade schools" with inferior educational institutions. It's true that many people do not need to go to college; there are only so many "intellectuals" an economy can support. There are, however, many skilled jobs that need filling. Carpentry, mechanics, electricians, and plumbers are just a few examples. The problem is not "anti-intellectualism" (although the vitriol spewed against said intellectuals in this country is rather frightening). That vitriol is a symptom of the ignorance, bloated individual self-interest, and sense of entitlement many current voters seem to embody, especially the economically privileged. That is why the U.S. is an embarrassingly ungovernable mess.
Why go to college? So you can understand Doonesbury.
Re. WHY GO TO COLLEGE? There are institutions and students still clinging to the principles and ideals expressed by this hopeful respondent. They're underfunded and marginalized bits of flotsam on the vast polluted sea of diploma mills and trade schools that constitutes higher education in this country. Do indeed Google the question! The top hit I got was from Yahoo's "Answers" and was posted by someone who had turned to the Internet to get the answer to an essay question. Anyone who did get an education will recognize these plaints as being of great antiquity. The novelty is the degree to which anti-intellectualism has come to dominate, and reduce our nation to an ungovernable level of stupidity.
Iran just fired 17 missiles which will be capable of striking US bases in the Gulf, and Israel, with nuclear bombs when Iran has the bombs. There is little that the Red Rascal or Duke can do, any more than when J.R. Ewing on Dallas plotted to bomb Saudi oil fields to raise the price of oil.
Learning to weld in high school shop was the only part of education that earned me a nickel. But college made me the sophisticated gentleman I am today. And 18 years after high school, a BA gave me a career; nothing to do with welding.
Congresswoman Lacey Davenport has been appearing on the FLASHBACKS page recently -- in the 25 Years Ago storyline. I must say how very much I miss her. She was a wonderful character, and there has been no one to take her role.
Re. WHY GO TO COLLEGE? The problem is that when I went to an Ivy League school, they didn't have any classes in critical thinking or logical analysis. I did take a very good English class that focused on composing essays. But as for the rest of it, it's something that you're simply expected to absorb via osmosis as you go through school. If these are the true things we go to school, then perhaps the curriculum should be redesigned to focus on them more directly.
Why go to college instead of Googling? Why learn to play an instrument when you can play a CD -- so you can actually participate in life!
"Thou shalt make no machine in the likeness of the mind of man." Dune, by Frank Herbert. Now, more than ever.
"Why go to college?" Just Google "What does it mean to be a student."
Why go to college? To learn to think critically, to analyze and to compose logical arguments and to write a cohesive essay. Facts (all the facts) are necessary as evidence and to falsify hypotheses. Multiple choice exams have difficulty testing these, although written answers on tests can test these. There are ways around the problem of stealing term papers from the web. Inability to write well is due to the public schools, but these are grossly underfunded and overchallenged.
Re: DOWNSIDES. Suffered enough? Methinks not. To be such a knucklehead the only limit to his suffering is when the next knucklehead gets caught. It probably will just be another couple weeks.
Re. the Chester strip on Sunday: "I quit my job, sold my house, gave away my stuff..." Jesus asked his followers to do the same thing.
Today's strip is a keeper! Tammy's face in panel three is comedy gold.
Wow, Roland, my man, ease up on the sexual harassment. I would be willing to bet that just discussing your underwear is now listed on the no text policy, along with the strict "no genitalia discussion with a coworker policy" detailed in the employee manual. I know it's disappointing. You have your fan base, but if you are sued into brand-ruining infamy, people just won't understand your intent.
I applaud almost all of your story lines, but I think the Congressman has suffered enough without your prolonging the agony about online photos. We all have our downsides.
The latest round of rapture mania has become the perfect setup, turning Zonk's cliched one liner into the perfect punchline for the whole sorry episode. Brilliant!
IRREPARABLE HARM offers a paraphrase. Here's what Adams wrote: "I must study politics and war, that my sons may have the liberty to study mathematics and philosophy, natural history and naval architecture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, tapestry, and porcelain." That's the natural progression of elite families and wealthy societies. Unfortunately for the sophisticated grandkids, there's always some other individual or society just starting out at the "war and politics" phase, or its economic equivalent.
Chester's experience in Sunday's strip echoes a major event in 19th Century religious history. In upstate New York, a popular preacher named William Miller predicted the Second Coming would happen in 1844. His followers (in many places in North America) sold their homes, farms, and possessions and waited for the event. When it didn't happen, some went off to other sects while others stayed by Miller, assuming he just had his math wrong. Church historians have called the aftermath of Miller's prediction "the Great Disappointment."