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No knowledge needed

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This quotation from a freshman appeared today in a curriculum story in our student-run campus newspaper:

You should only have to take classes in your major. Classes that have no impact on your major are useless. You’re never going to have to use them.

I’m so flabbergasted by this I don’t know where to begin.

I do know this: She could not function as a journalism major (I teach in a journalism school). Our major teaches students how to write; the remaining 75 percent of their college coursework gives them something to write about.

I’m hard-pressed to think of other majors that could operate in a vacuum of “no additional knowledge needed.” How could this student, after graduation, possible operate in our increasingly complex society?

I don’t want this person to vote on any issue that would affect me. How could her vote possibly be informed?

Sadly, I know that many other college students — not all of them freshmen, either — think this way.

They arrive in college not knowing enough. They pass through college believing they need to know little more.

And we’re leaving control of our governments and corporations to such people? I hope the process of “weeding out” so ruthlessly operated by the “real” world will identify and dismiss such anti-knowledge miscreants.

Written by Dr. Denny Wilkins

April 28, 2006 at 1:53 pm

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