Published: Monday, Aug. 12 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
This reflects ongoing anti-university sentiment across the nation, which is
damaging higher ed. Legislatures are cutting funding, requiring universities to
increase tuitions and creating a debt burden on young people even before having
a job. Universities are partly to blame for this situation as they've not
communicated their value to society -- educating the workforce, creating radical
innovations that create new companies and technologies, etc. Universities need
to get their acts together.Additionally, research is costly,
requiring deep pockets, and America is facing China, which is all too happy to
subsidize and fund specific industries it wants to dominate (such as solar).
Fast Company has an interesting article about a new wind turbine
innovation that is taking years to develop and how Silicon Valley venture
capitalists prefer "social media" start-ups over renewable energy,
simply because social media is cheap and low risk (develop a new website), even
if they have very little long-term value for society. Renewable
energy innovation, nonetheless, takes years of testing, but the payoff could be
huge in terms of efficient pollution-free, domestic energy. But companies want
fast paybacks, so government funding for universities is needed for those BIG
Oh, and don't forget who invented the Internet. It was the government
through scientific and academic universities across the country. Yes, the
government built the Internet.And yes, it was Al Gore who sponsored
Congressional legislation in 1992 to allow businesses to operate on the
Internet, which led to the rise of Amazon, Facebook, iTunes, Pinterest, YouTube,
etc. Imagine if the government had NOT created the Internet... You probably
wouldn't be reading the Des News online.
Here we go again - another anti-Education, Anti-progressive, spend
$Trillions for Bush Wars and Wallstreeet bailouts - Repulican...Where were guys like this on the Atomic bomb, Space program, and the Jarvik
VII artificial heart?[cheering I suppose.]Ironic more so, how
he uses the "Internet" and "Computers" to send in the
complaint.IBTW - have YET to see a public corporation research and
develop the grand daddy golden goose of all time -- a cure for cancer.
I would like to ask the author who among the top 2% and what multi-national
corporations have sacrificed. They have received the greatest tax cuts, and
provided the fewest jobs in 50 years and yet the real job creators, the middle
class has seen no corresponding share to the increase of our national income.
You speak of balance, then balance it. D
OMM: There's too much money to be made "treating" cancer to ever
come up with a cure...
Perhaps funneling some of that sports money into innovation, instead of paying
coaches more than the governor.Maybe it's time to realize thats while
being healthy may require being activity which sports provide, is far from
higher education and can't possible improve scientific innovation, unless
you consider gatorade a technical achievement. Time to spend more on
books than balls kids.
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