Tuesday, August 27, 2013

whither education?

Perhaps the United States will see some suggestive writing on the wall....

In Liberia, there will not be a single freshman at the University of Libera after nearly 25,000 test-taking applicants failed the entrance exam.

It reminds me of the old, unprovable hypothesis that if you put an infinite number of monkeys in front of an infinite number of typewriters, one of them would be able to write Shakespeare: Wouldn't you think that of 25,000 applicants, one might pass the test, if only by guessing the answers?

Maybe, if the Liberian trend gains traction, some cost-aware and fear-prone Republican will deduce that, "Oh well, higher education never really meant anything anyway. Let's just have another war: That's where the money is."

Welcome to Attila the Hun University.

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