Perhaps sooner than we think, if present trends continue. This seems relevant to the rampages of Cancel Culture: A degree may confer only social status — which depends on others’ acceptance:
Billions of dollars in endowments, generous government funding, and enormous social cachet all combine to make universities very powerful. But are they indispensable?
Venture capitalist Peter Thiel, who will be speaking at COSM 2021 on November 10, doesn’t seem to think so…
There is a lot to mull here but, essentially, [Allen] Farrington argues, riffing Thiel, that the current purpose of the university is to provide, at huge cost, a piece of paper that supposedly gains the graduate admission to the upper crust of society: “Higher education has become a transfer of wealth from the future earnings of the aspirational lower and middle classes to a metastasising administrative parasite, which funds the permanence of the cultural elite by wielding its leverage over anybody foolish enough to dissent.” He thinks the disease is “terminal.”
But what to do? Here Farrington turns to Peter Thiel again…
Farrington offers two additional ideas: He encourages businesses to fund more research directly (“It is not a mystery that some of the greatest scientific work of the twentieth century was funded by AT&T at Bell Labs, and Xerox at Xerox PARC. There were no administrators forcing them to write twenty-page reports explaining why Unix would advance social justice.”)
Second, he suggests, businesses could quit rewarding expensive pieces of paper…News, “Is online learning poised to replace universities?” at Mind Matters News (October 29, 2021)
Businesses are already less inclined to reward expensive pieces of paper than in the recent past.
Would the decline of U’s in favor of online learning be better or worse for ID?
Takehome: Venture capitalist Peter Thiel doubts that a degree is a good investment today — he has called college administrators subprime mortgage brokers. Learn why.
A relevant film:
You may also wish to read: At The Times of London: “Charles Darwin will be next if his great defender is toppled”
Huh? What? If Huxley (or Darwin) is cancelled, “the practice of science itself no longer matters.” Well, that’s true but for Cancel Culture, that’s a feature, not a bug. It shows their immense power, generally in the robes of victimhood. Has none of these people been paying attention to the war on math and the war on science?