The Real War on Higher Education

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Monday, February 25, 2013

I’ve written before about rhetoric of some conservative politicians with regard to college. Rick Santorum has said that he believes “the left” uses universities to indoctrinate young people for the purpose of “holding and maintaining power.” North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has railed about the uselessness of the humanities and threatened to eliminate liberal arts courses from public universities.

But what if education innovation can also be a means to destroy higher education? Why are the politicians so excited about technology-based education innovation so often the same ones who seem to hate college? That’s what Andrew Leonard argues over at Salon. As he puts it:

What if [massive open online courses] MOOCs actually turned out to be part of a right-wing plot?

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