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    What was that Shakespeare line about political scientists?

    What was that Shakespeare line about political scientists?

    Florida Governor Rick Scott is proposing refocusing funding away from liberal arts programs at state universities and colleges, which has various groups accusing Scott of being anti-anthropology, or something like that.  Instapundit has the story and lots of reader comments.

    Let me suggest that Scott is not going far enough, and should follow the advice I gave Rick Perry in early August, when Perry was accused of waging an “assault” on the Texas state university establishment:

    While we await a reevaluation of how educational goals are measured, how about a partial quick fix:

    Eliminate political science departments, which produce more esoteric unproductive research than all other departments combined; then forbid anyone from using the term “political scientist” without a license, but never create a department to hand out licenses.

    It would be a good start.

    I’m not against political scientists.  Some of my best friends are political scientists (well, to be more precise, I knew people who were political science majors in college because anthropology was too difficult).

    It’s just that taxpayers should not have to subsidize political scientists while they spend years and sometimes decades trying to figure out how to stick it to the taxpayers.

    And anyway, it’s in their own best interest.  I’m just trying to avoid otherwise intelligent people suffering the humiliation of begging for dead-end jobs from a Soros-funded media tank, or worse, ending up trying to make names for themselves by blogging at The Nation, Mother Jones, Salon.com, or, heaven forbid, The American Prospect.

    What was that Shakespeare line about political scientists?

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    Donald Douglas | October 13, 2011 at 9:43 am

    ‘Some of my best friends are political scientists…’

    Well, I consider you a friend, but BFF? Still working on it!!

    I think the problem is greater than which major a student chooses. The problem is that if every last person goes to college a degree becomes meaningless and if the standards get watered down then there is no way to distinguish an achiever. The truth is too many people are going to college and coming out with a the world owes me something attitude. Perhaps when a student signs for their loan, they should be presented with a flashing neon sign that warns them that a college degree does not guarantee a job upon graduation and that they will still be responsible for their loans. Perhaps this understanding will direct some people down more secure and lucrative paths like plumbing. The cost of college would come down, then those who truly have the aptitude for college will be able to afford it again without taking on massive loans.


     
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    landesmann | October 13, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Funny, It seems that Shakespeare also mentioned that “First, we kill all the Lawyers!”


     
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    janitor | October 13, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Say what you will, polysci beats sociology.


     
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    Jusuchin (Military Otaku) | October 13, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    I have my BA in the field. And my most meaningful job info comes from my 4 years working as a stagehand and operations staff in my school’s arena.

    And I’m a [young] conservative. (I turn 23 this Saturday) And I believe in TANSTAAFL.

    I just hope I get into UPS to help pay for loans while I work on getting a foot into the government. (GS-4/5 jobs that AREN’T internships are fracking rare)


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