Two Paragraphs Capture Why Academia Has Become A Cesspool

Two paragraphs from a professor’s book perfectly capture the modern, watered-down state of America’s universities, explaining how the terms “professor” and “university” have become denigrated by their overuse.

The two paragraphs come from “The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters,” a book by Thomas Nichols, a professor at Harvard University and the Naval War College.

“Not only are there too many students, there are too many professors,” says Nichols in an excerpt posted to Twitter. “The very best national universities, the traditional sources of university faculty, are promiscuously pumping out PhDs at a rate far higher than any academic job market can possibly absorb.”

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  • Millie_Woods

    Actually one sentence sums up what’s wrong with education and everything else in the west.

    ‘Everything the left touches turns to shit’.

  • tom_billesley

    Universities in the UK don’t have so many professors. For the more junior posts without a chair the US practice is to have assistant professors and associate professors whereas the UK practice is typically to have readers and senior lecturers.

  • Jaedo Drax

    If only the Ontario government had some method of limiting the number of people who can get doctorates, like they do with medical doctors.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Who cares if it is? It’s college. Not the government not the church not your spouse or your children. Who gives a shit if 90% of the colleges in America catch on fire and everyone in them dies screaming? It’s college – an institution that people pay money to to attend and absorb what ever services they to offer.

    • You had me right up until “everyone in them dies screaming”. This sort of thing is kind of horrifying. It’s part of the reason why certain people’s comments keep getting deleted.

      • Hard Little Machine

        I really don’t care. These are people who openly and proudly espouse mass murder. Why should we care if Middlebury College or Evergreen State become IN FACT bomb factories? If every other liberal arts college becomes something like Hamas storing rockets in a school…we should blow up the school or at the least do nothing when it if there’s a ‘work accident’. If that means a few people who got participation trophies when they were little..they get blown up? Oh well. Chalk it up to collateral damage.

        • Sure. Still, you have to admit, you enjoy typing that sort of thing more than about 90% of people seem to do.

  • WalterBannon

    Two words sum up what’s wrong with education and everything else in the west: Cultural Marxism.

    • Blind Druid

      Bazinga