Chris Cook: Hippies and Helper Man

January 31, 2013 

Paperclip power

I would like to commend Gov. Pat McCrory for his honest appraisal of the bloated system of higher education in North Carolina. The point of going to college is, after all, to walk away with a piece of paper that guarantees the holder a job and not to challenge and reshape the manner in which we view and improve the world in which we live.

The critical thinking and analysis fostered in frivolous courses such as philosophy and English have no place in today’s workforce. Being able to craft an Excel spreadsheet, however, is a marketable skill. I propose eliminating all English courses and replacing them with Microsoft Office tutorials. If you tenure the Microsoft Paperclip Helper Man, you can save thousands of dollars on faculty salaries.

McCrory names concentrations in philosophy and gender studies specifically in his audit of the North Carolina education system, but why stop there? Let’s get rid of everything that funnels graduates into low-paying job markets as well. International studies? I don’t even know what that means. English? To private school with those hippies, I say.

I applaud McCrory’s comments as well as his bravery in challenging the educational elite.

Chris Cook

Hillsborough

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