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  •  I don't blame the professors. It is definitely a (2+ / 0-)
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    Dirtandiron, pollyusa

    system issue, but we DO need that research, too.

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 07:17:48 PM PDT

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    •  Same here. (2+ / 0-)
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      KJB Oregon, cany

      They're brought in to research, teaching is secondary. I don't fault them for not having too much of an interest in the teaching aspect. I do mind when it gets treated like a burden.

    •  We need research (0+ / 0-)

      but i think we need to question where it gets done and who pays for it. Why should the cost of research be built into the cost of higher education? Why should students go into tens of thousands of dollars of debt to pay the salaries of professors who are writing books and teaching a couple of courses on the side? This scholarship benefits society as a whole (we hope), but does it benefit college students in particular?

      Maybe this once made sense. Originally mostly rich people went to university, and those who weren't rich were generally rewarded with many privileges after graduation, so maybe it was part of noblesse oblige that their tuition payments supported society's scholars. But it feels like a historical holdover that no longer makes sense for this burden to fall on college students now.

      We decided to move the center farther to the right by starting the whole debate from a far-right position to begin with. - Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay

      by denise b on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 09:58:08 PM PDT

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