„A study of business education in the United States was recently conducted by Professors Robert A. Gordon of the University of California (Berkeley) and John E. Howell of Stanford University. Their book, Higher Education for Business, has been published by Columbia University Press. Among their major recommendations are:
1 - An increase in the general-education content of undergraduate business education to more than 50 per cent...
2 - Elimination of "fields of concentration" in undergraduate business schools and "drastic streamlining of the number of required courses." "Business itself is enough specialized," Professors Gordon and Howell wrote...“
— Robert Aaron Gordon American economist 1908 - 1978
Robert A. Gordon and James E. Howell. "Higher education for business." The Journal of Business Education 35.3 (1959): 115-117.
„The new generation, raised on TV and the personal computer but deprived of a solid primary education, has become unmoored from the mother ship of culture“
— Camille Paglia American writer 1947
Context: As a classroom teacher for over thirty years, I have become increasingly concerned about evidence of, if not cultural decline, then cultural dissipation since the 1960s, a decade that seemed to hold such heady promise of artistic and intellectual innovation. Young people today are flooded with disconnected images but lack a sympathetic instrument to analyze them as well as a historical frame of reference in which to situate them. I am reminded of an unnerving scene in Stanley Kubrick's epic film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, where an astronaut, his air hose cut by the master computer gone amok, spins helplessly off into space. The new generation, raised on TV and the personal computer but deprived of a solid primary education, has become unmoored from the mother ship of culture. Technology, like Kubrick's rogue computer, Hal, is the companionable servant turned ruthless master. The ironically self-referential or overtly politicized and jargon-ridden paradigms of higher education, far from helping the young to cope or develop, have worsened their vertigo and free fall. Today's students require not subversion of rationalist assumptions -- the childhood legacy of intellectuals born in Europe between the two World Wars -- but the most basic introduction to structure and chronology. With out that, they are riding the tail of a comet in a media starscape of explosive but evanescent images.
„The rapid deterioration of education has been recognized as a national problem for the past several years. Consequently, American businesses must meet the immediate challenge of poorly-educated people in today's workforce by strengthening employee training programs.“
— Gregory Balestrero American industrial engineer 1947
Public power (1990) Volume 48. American Public Power Association. p. 9
„One wonders at the docility of the students who evidently must be satisfied enough with the credentials to be uncaring about the lack of education.“
— Jane Jacobs American–Canadian journalist, author on urbanism and activist (1916-2006) 1916 - 2006
Chapter Four, Science Abandoned, p. 79
„The business with high ethical standards has three primary advantages over competitors whose standards are lower:“
— Marvin Bower American business theorist 1903 - 2003
A business of high principle generates greater drive and effectiveness because people know they can do the right thing decisively and with confidence. ... A business of high principle attracts high-caliber people more easily, thereby gaining a basic competitive and profit edge. ... A business of high principle develops better and more profitable relations with customers, competitors, and the general public, because it can be counted on to do the right thing at all times. By the consistently ethical character of its actions, it builds a favorable image. p. 26
„An expensive arms race, under cover of the military metaphysic, and in a paranoid atmosphere of fright, is an economically attractive business. To many utopian capitalists, it has become the Business Way of American Life.“
— C. Wright Mills American sociologist 1916 - 1962
„Where a generation ago people felt entitled to a chance at education, they now feel entitled to the credential affirming that they have completed a course of study regardless of their actual mastery.“
— William A. Henry III American critic 1950 - 1994
In Defense of Elitism
„In the lifetime that has passed since Calvin Coolidge gave his speech to the American Society of Newspaper Editors in which he famously proclaimed that “the chief business of the American people is business,” the dominion of the ants has grown enormously. Look about: The business of business is everywhere and inescapable; the song of the buyers and the sellers never stops.“
— Mark Slouka author 1958
„As much as people dismiss him (Dershowitz) as a clown and charlatan and roll their eyes the fact of the matter is that he very effectively makes use of his Harvard pedigree it is a distinguished university and he has an eminent chair of that university and he makes use of those credentials to lend credibility to his work“
— Alan M. Dershowitz American lawyer, author 1938
Norman Finkelstein http://www.rense.com/general90/norm.htm.
— Carter G. Woodson African-American historian and writer 1875 - 1950
Context: The average Negro has not been sufficiently mis-educated to become hopeless. Our minds must become sufficiently developed to use segregation to kill segregation, and thus bring to pass that ancient and yet modern prophecy, "The wrath of man shall praise thee." If the Negro in the ghetto must eternally be fed by the hand that pushes him into the ghetto, he will never become strong enough to get out of the ghetto. This assumption of Negro leadership in the ghetto, then, must not be confined to matters of religion, education, and social uplift; it must deal with such fundamental forces in life as make these things possible. If the Negro area, however, is to continue as a district supported wholly from without, the inept dwellers therein will merit and will receive only the contempt of those who may occasionally catch glimpses of them in their plight. Chapter X: The Loss of Vision<!-- p. 84 -->
„The products of American high schools are illiterate; and a degree from a famous college or university is no guarantee that the graduate is in any better case. One of the most remarkable features of American society is that the difference between the "uneducated" and the "educated" is so slight.“
— Robert Maynard Hutchins philosopher and university president 1899 - 1977
„The American education system couldn't be more badly directed or poorly funded if the Secretary of Education were Ed Wood.
* "The American Education System".“
— Dennis Miller American stand-up comedian, television host, and actor 1953
„A system of education under government control, separation of school and church, universal free education — all these are great achievements of social progress. But everything has a reverse side.“
— Andrei Sakharov Soviet nuclear physicist and human rights activist 1921 - 1989
Context: A system of education under government control, separation of school and church, universal free education — all these are great achievements of social progress. But everything has a reverse side. In this case it is excessive standardization, extending to the teaching process itself, to the curriculum, especially in literature, history, civics, geography, and to the system of examinations. One cannot but see a danger in excessive reference to authority and in the limitation of discussion and intellectual boldness at an age when personal convictions are beginning to be formed. In the old China, the systems of examinations for official positions led to mental stagnation and to the canonizing of the reactionary aspects of Confucianism. It is highly undesirable to have anything like that in a modern society.