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Noonan on Buckley

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I agree that people like Buckley are fewer these days only because the so-called "great universities" of America have turned their backs on the kind of classical education they once believed in; people with his command of the classics and the language now come to us from other venues. I think of David Drake, in particular; as much as I like Iowa, I would never rank its university with Harvard or Yale, but in these debased times, the chance of someone getting a solid grounding in the classics at Iowa is probably better than their chance of getting one at Harvard or Yale. Considering all the PC nonsense rampant in the Ivy League these days, yahmeen? (The Corner)

Unrelated: michaellee has a thoughtful post on day passes. Detour actually put the kibosh on day passes long before we ever dreamed of filling the T-Bird to bursting, but the rest of his points are well-taken.

Also, an interesting solution to the subprime mortgage mess and a worthwhile comparison of Michelle Obama to Lincoln.

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luned
Mar. 1st, 2008 05:23 am (UTC)
I don't know. I tend to do day passes to conventions only because my place of employment sucks, preventing me from seeing my fandom friends for all three days of a con and from seeing panels. I could ghost but I'm not that kind of person; I want to support local conventions.
wombat_socho
Mar. 1st, 2008 06:06 am (UTC)
And the local conventions appreciate it, even if they don't always say so. I could do a quite lengthy post on the philosophy behind registration fees - how and why they're set the way they are, and all that - but I think I want to talk to some more of the local fans before I generalize from my own experience, which is 90% Midwest SF/anime conventions and 10% memories of SF conventions I attended in the late 1970s/early 1980s.
nornagest
Mar. 1st, 2008 07:44 am (UTC)
As much PC crap as there is floating around, you can still get a classical education if you're looking for one. There are no shortage of classics professors, nor English lit professors that adore Shakespeare and Chaucer.

The trouble is that that's very much not the path of least resistance if you're looking for an education in the humanities, and if you're not inclined to follow the path of least resistance you're more likely to enter a technical or scientific major. You're only likely to follow a classics track these days if you love it already, something that's unlikely for public-school graduates -- same for linguistics, which is an awesome subject despite the fact that its effective founder is now essentially a professional protester.
wombat_socho
Mar. 1st, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
...and if you're not inclined to follow the path of least resistance you're more likely to enter a technical or scientific major.

Where, ironically, you're more likely to get a well-rounded education since most scientific/technical degree programs (outside what Jerry Pournelle refers to as the "Voodoo Sciences") require some humanities courses. The reverse, of course, is rarely true. Humanities majors are often not required to take even basic science/engineering courses.
nornagest
Mar. 1st, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately true.
wombat_socho
Mar. 1st, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah. So much for a "well-rounded liberal education", as they used to call a humanities degree back in the day.
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