April 27, 2010, - 4:50 pm
If you’re wondering why college tuition costs so much for something so useless as a college degree, you might wanna check out tonight’s edition of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”
On the show, a college professor will display her absolutely worthless area of expertise on the backs of hard-working American parents paying tuition to fund her unnecessary salary. And there are many, many academics and researchers on university payrolls studying similarly useless items and concepts that are of absolutely no use or necessary application in the real world. Of course, there are many reasons college costs too much–from lazy professors who teach an hour a week and have tenure to lazy administrators who collect high salaries for pushing paper in giant university bureaucracies. But esoteric wastes of time like this are a huge part of the problem:
Wayne State University’s Cindy Bir will appear on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” tonight.
The professor of biomedical engineering used a system called functional assessment of biomechanics to monitor professional dancers Dmitry Chaplin and Edyta Sliwinska. Hooking them up to the system allowed her to track data such as foot speed and the force with which they landed. It also revealed exactly how their bodies moved.
“It’s nice that we can … showcase what Wayne State does and get some science out in front of the general public,” Bir told the Free Press.
I doubt watching some professor make some irrelevant measurements of athletes’ speed will make any kids interested in science. It’s a dumb gimmick. And some college professor is getting paid to “study” it.
Hey, who needs to research a cure for cancer or an inexpensive way to make cars run without gas, when you can study important things like bimbos and himbos on a TV dance show? It’s worth dying from a debilitating disease and staying dependent on the Saudis, right?
Tags: Cindy Bir, college professor, Dancing With the Stars, dumb studies, high cost of college tuition, irrelevant science, Wayne State University