Of course it is a good thing to go to a place that invigorates and challenges you. The question is whether if universities are all one-sidedly liberal they can do that. The answer is (obviously) no. I don't know about USC, but you sound as if you have not been completely brainwashed. But business students may have a built in immunity to the liberal virus.
Ignorance is something that transcends politics...
What did Socrates say? Something like "The more I learn, the less I know"?
But do you agree that if most of the colleges, and most of the teachers in the colleges, are liberals, then it is unlikely that students in those colleges will be intellectually challenged unless they are conservatives?
If I am a marxist, and I take classes taught only by neutral/marxist professors, my beliefs will not be challenged. Given that there is a wide range of political "leanings" for different departments, (business and economics teachers, at least in my experience tend to lean toward conservativism), I think that anyone who takes "breadth" of education seriously will be challenged to some degree during college.
That said, someone who leans towards liberalism will be less challenged by a traditional liberal arts education than someone who is, say, a fire-breathing christian. Fair?
Well, how about "much less challenged", and, "not only a fire-breathing Christian" but an ordinary middle-of-the-road American, a little socially conservative? Fair?
Religious beliefs of Americans about ghosts, Satan, Heaven, Hell, etc.
"Middle of the road American" may be pretty "fire-breathing" if I may get off topic :bigsmile:
But that even a middle-of-the-road American would be more challenged than a left-leaning liberal says a lot, don't you think.
Shouldn't the latter also be challenged to defend his ideas by a college that is not anti-intellectual? Or should the left-leaning liberal be reassured that his view is just peachy, and God's will.
I guess that is partly the explanation of how we were landed with Obama.
Left-liberals are not challenged, and so they vote for candidates like Obama who is a left-liberal (at the very least). Not very complicated.
...Do I detect a note of sarcasm?
anti intellectualism has been on my mind recently. I look at peers who i would not regard as very educated, who say things and do things that they do not know the real meaning of, which to be frank... annoys the hell out of me.
on the other hand, i think the wider availability of education, has changed the way that society has evolved unfavorably, creating major class divisions by the lack of access to education and the abundance of education for those who can pay for it. many cannot escape this 'poverty trap'.
without my education i doubt that i could converse my thoughts on this subject, or if i would even have thoughts on this subject.
this is why i do not totally agree with education, but if i dont support education, then i would be the naive person that i strive not to be.
so i summarize, ignorance is bliss
Inequality is not the fault of education. If it is a fault, it is the fault of society. But is it a fault, or an unalterable condition?
There is today, a strong anti-intellectual feeling among younger generations today. I'm wondering what people think caused this, and how long it has been going on.