December 29, 2009, - 3:10 pm
As if there weren’t enough stupid, useless college degrees on which to waste tens of thousands of dollars and which will be of absolute no use in getting a job, colleges and universities now have a new one : “Green Studies.”
Colleges & Berkeley High: Green Love, But No “Racist” Science Allowed
Nope, it’s not a study of Islam, or HAMAS, or fake Iranian “democracy for extremists” protestors, it’s yet another trendy entree into the faddish fakery that is “climate change” and “global warming.”
We already have real science. And if “being green” was actually of any scientific and engineering value, they wouldn’t need a special “green studies” degree or courses. But don’t let that little detail or the vagaries of the accuracy of “green theory” fool colleges. Junk science and pop culture is the “higher learning” of the day.
And junk science rules in the Berkeley school district, which is eliminating science altogether from its high school. These are the same people who mock creationist theory, and yet, now they don’t want to teach even the basics of scientific inquiry, preferring to focus on quackery.
First there are the colleges:
Colleges are rapidly adding new majors and minors in green studies, and students are filling them fast.
Nationwide, more than 100 majors, minors or certificates were created this year in energy and sustainability-focused programs at colleges big and small, says the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. That’s up from just three programs added in 2005.
Two factors are driving the surge: Students want the courses, and employers want the trained students, says Paul Rowland, the association’s executive director.
Uh, good luck with finding employers who want students with degrees in fake, quack “science.”
Schools like even the venerable MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) have now started minors in “energy studies.” Uh, isn’t real “energy studies” called “science” or “engineering” or “biochemistry”? “Energy studies” sounds like an aerobics class with Denise Austin.
Oh, and the usual, predictable left-wingers are behind this, not just in the ivory towers but on Pennsylvania Avenue.
The Obama administration has estimated that jobs in energy and environmental-related occupations will grow 52% from 2000 through 2016, vs. 14% for other occupations.
Hmmm . . . . maybe that’s because the Obama administration is driving jobs in every other occupation–like medicine and healthcare–away.
It’s all about money and letting students turn silly pop culture into college majors. Forget the classics and real, critical inquiry involved in the study of real science.
That’s partly why budget-strapped schools are adding energy and sustainability programs even while cutting other majors, Rowland says.
Welcome to Higher Education in America, as determined by the audience of “The Hills,” “Jersey Shore,” and “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”
Oh, and speaking of that, there’s the Berkeley School District’s latest example of granola and soy-addled “education.” Berkeley High School is eliminating science because it’s–ya know–only for “White people,” and Blacks and Hispanics don’t do well in science, according to the liberal sprouts-heads who run the school.
I hear from plenty of recruiters who tell me how hard it is to meet absurd affirmative action hiring requirements in the sciences at colleges and universities, as well as corporations. They can’t find Blacks and Hispanics with science degrees. And the Berkeley crowd wants to help that along with the perception that the sciences are not for minorities:
Berkeley High School is considering a controversial proposal to eliminate science labs and the five science teachers who teach them to free up more resources to help struggling students.
The proposal to put the science-lab cuts on the table was approved recently by Berkeley High’s School Governance Council, a body of teachers, parents, and students who oversee a plan to change the structure of the high school to address Berkeley’s dismal racial achievement gap, where white students are doing far better than the state average while black and Latino students are doing worse.
Paul Gibson, an alternate parent representative on the School Governance Council, said that information presented at council meetings suggests that the science labs were largely classes for white students. He said the decision to consider cutting the labs in order to redirect resources to underperforming students was virtually unanimous.
Next time you hear a liberal mock conservatives who believe in creationism, ask him or her about the racist liberals at Berkeley who don’t even believe in science.
The dumbing down of America continues its fast downward spiral.
(Thanks to Covert Radio Show’s Brett Winterble for the tip on “racist science” being dumped at Berkeley High.)
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