UF prof: Tallahassee's out of touch with higher education ideas
University of Florida history professor Jack E. Davis has taken a look at what Gov. Rick Scott and the GOP-dominated Legislature have in mind for colleges and universities, and he's not impressed.
"Tallahassee seems out of touch with humanity," Davis writes in an opinion piece for the St. Petersburg Times. "Instead of dictating whether universities should train anthropologiest, it would be wise to leave that determination to the market and student demand. Basing a discipline's worth on the average earnings of its graduates, as Gov. Rick Scott proposes, dismisses society's interests and values outside material ones. Our society benefits immeasurably from learning about other cultures, from what people write in books and from imaginations stimulated to reach beyond the constraint of formulas, codes and parameters."
The chorus of voices against such ideas as refocusing degree programs away from liberal arts, and eliminating professor tenure, continues to grow, but only among the people who are most affected. Will the opposition grow? Or, as with teachers and Senate Bill 736, is this just a train waiting to leave the station?