The Chinese system of climbing the academic ladder is based on ferocious
mass and massive competition.
The stress of that competition weeds out the weaklings and those less
likely to survive the competition in higher education.
I think they probably lose a lot of genius to the meat grinder of that
Given the political core of China this begs the questions, 'But who gets
preferential treatment and for what reasons?' and, 'What must one be
and/or surrender to get this kind of preferential treatment?'
I'm gonna throw up...
Some day, humans will realize that they're all part of the same race:
In the depth of winter, I finally learned
that within me there lay an invincible summer.
-- Albert Camus
That is part of my picture of the issues.
There is also the issue of colonization, the moving Han Chinese into
minority territories/conquered countries to turn the 'indigenous
minorities within China' into minority populations in their homelands.
I think we should emphasize ability more. Guess what, I'd like to make
education more affordable. For anyone who can show ability and
dedication to persevere. Invest in talent. Do reward good students,
good teachers and good researchers. But set limits.
We should discourage instant gratification ...
Bankers are (wrongly, IMO) in it for the profit that loans give NOW.
Somehow a focus on more long term yields, away from short term results,
is needed. People should qualify for the loans they take out. Of course
that gives the problem of the artrist-type with a good idea, but no track
record (just an example). I don't know how to solve that. Obviously I
would not want to get blamed for somone's inabaility to get financing
because he is from a ghetto background with no track record ...
Cream rises to the top. Our nation has amply proved that higher
education for the mediocre simply fosters further mediocrity.
Besides, you have to be careful how you spend other peoples money ... if
it hadn't been for the .001% wealthy and powerful at the time, you would
have never hear d of either Da Vinci or Michelangelo.
Wow, you did get my drift! liberal, but fiscally responsible. And art
for the sake of art is just fine, whether or not dead or almost dead
languages are involved. Universities aren't trade schools. I retired in
large part because of the ridiculous bloated bureaucracy that required me
to spend almost all my time with requirements, certifications and
nonsense reports, rather than the research I was being paid to do. But
doing away with those things needs to mean that people who commit fraud
get really serious punishment, rather than just being banned for 5 years
of receiving federal funds.
Indeed I don't want to be blamed for denying minorities their rights.
How to exactly balance the individual's right to help out of a previously
disadvantaged situation and the right of society for productively using
their resources, is difficult <grin>.
I have absolutely no problem with some subsidies for art for art's sake.
The "some" is rather stretchable, of course. Governments of all levels
have sponsored artists and engineers to build buildings, parks, bridges,
what have you. At times they were nice, functional, pretty, whatever
good adjectives you want. Sometimes they built ridiculous things,
sometimes they built ugly and dysfunctional.
When you invest in startups/entrepreneurs/venture capital firms, you
expect some duds, as well as some really good outcomes. In art I'd
expect the same. (Even to the extent that some "investments" are rigged
by the "judges".)
Greater benefit than costs? One would hope that all investments pay off
handsomely, but I'd think that reinvestment would be the best thing that
Maybe I rose up in the ranks too far, but I have heard the complaint also
from administrative staff, and I have seen the office of the division
head expand like balloons, especially during the last 5-10 years.
I agree with the idea, just not the specifics here. As in politics, it
is really easy to focus laser-like on out of context statements.
Grin. Rights here can be stretched too. How stringently do you apply
standards of performance, if perhaps the subject student has had
repeatedly bad luck in his family and/or health? I know shit happens,
and sometimes you can wipe it off and go on, and at other times you can't
get rid of the bad luck.
Surely true in some cases. In others, there is a lack of guidance, help,
On Mon, 23 Jul 2012 00:52:03 -0400, " firstname.lastname@example.org"
Same ol, same ol. If it doesn't work, hit it with a hammer and then
throw it away after that.
You my friend, are about as shortsighted as it gets. Hell, why should
I be surprised? Guess I should expect it from you at this point.
On Sun, 22 Jul 2012 17:44:54 -0400, " email@example.com"
And then, once in awhile, an extremely rare once instance, you say
something that makes absolute sense.
Of course, inevitably, you revert back to your hammer approach. You're
right in what you say, but the problem with it is that just giving up
on people who have failed creates another disadvantaged group. The
type of group I might add, that affirmative actions tried to eliminate
in the first place.
Your solution while it might fix a problem in one area, creates
another difficult to solve problem in another area.
It's an interesting article, but it just causes me to worry a bit more
about our country in general. I've always found it strange that our
"popular culture" gets away with being so much at odds with our nation's
real needs. I guess we have a very successul entertainment industry.
How will our nation cope with an apparently declining middle class?
Thinking it through, there is plenty to be concerned about.
As I've said here before, to me it seems that the major political
parties stand by their interests selfishly. This just seems to add more
fuel to the problem above. For instance, wealthy people may not wish to
help pay for better public schools.
I've written this message at least 3 times so far, so I'm going to have
to finish for now and move on, and maybe come back if I'm somehow
persuaded. In the meantime, Go USA! : )
I expect a government "for the people". When I was a little kid I
expected people to exhibit restraint/discipline and to work hard for
their own best interests and to share with others in need. I expected
everyone would want to look out for the environment. I was naive in
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