zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Feb 26, 2017 7:55 PM
In a remarkable – for its honesty and frankness – statement on the intellectual rot within America’s Ivory Towers,Stanford University Provost John Etchemendy lay bare the challenges that higher education face in the coming, increasingly divisive, years.
Universities are a fundamental force of good in the world. At their best, they mine knowledge and understanding, wisdom and insight, and then freely distribute these treasures to society at large. Theirs is not a monopoly on this undertaking, but in the concentration of effort and single-mindedness of purpose, they are truly unique institutions. If Aristotle is right that what defines a human is rationality, then they are the most distinctive, perhaps the pinnacle, of human endeavors.
I share this thought to remind us all why we do what we do – why we care so much about Stanford and what it represents. But I also say it to voice a concern. Universities are under attack, both from outside and from within.
The threat from outside is apparent. Potential cuts in federal funding would diminish our research enterprise and our ability to fund graduate education. Taxing endowments would limit the support
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