The most offensive words I’ve heard all week were the stream of f-words occasionally interrupted by other parts of speech with which my barley-enhanced neighbors awakened me at 2 a.m. the other night.
The second most offensive words come from departing Regental exec Jack Warner. Feel free to insert f-words:
While degree production has improved across the public university system, South Dakota still has significant ground to make up. It will be important to increase degree production, and especially bolster the number of graduate degrees, to develop the highly skilled workforce, research innovation, and technology transfer needed for successful economic development [Jack Warner, press release, South Dakota Board of Regents, 2015.06.11].
Warner makes these comments in the context of a new Regental report, discussed at the Regents’ Madison meeting last week, that finds South Dakota has about as many citizens carrying around two-year degrees as the national average but a few fewer South Dakotans holding bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees.
I turn to the estimable Dr. Newquist for an f-word-less response:
in America, we have tried to give every person the opportunity to go wherever they wanted in terms of education. We did not channel them into educational tracks based upon what someone thought their vocational potential was and limit their ability to aspire to higher things. Most of the western world after World War II modeled itself on our system of education. But now we are adopting the notion of making education an indoctrination system for corporate business, not a personal resource of opportunity for every citizen [David Newquist, comment, Dakota Free Press, 2015.06.14].
“Degree production” is a corporate colonialist term if I ever heard one. Our universities serve Mammon, not the citizen or the soul. Neighbors, put down the canned barley and direct your f-words at that mindset.