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The Scene of This World Is Changing - Universities

Maybe I'm just old. I don't know.

Elementary education changes over time have been a source of grumbling. And from my perspective, rightly so. The schools seem to have lost focus on what is truly important. Standardized tests frighten school systems.

But that is not the topic of this piece.

I wonder where higher education is going...

While it hasn't changed as much, there is evidence that, in my mind, there are new fields of discipline that just don't make sense. I point to one that is currently available in the very college I obtained my B.S. in Chemistry from, Drexel University...

Here is a sample:

Center for Mobilities Research & Policy

What?! To whom would the graduate apply to obtain a well-paying job? Yellow Cab?

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VinceSummers wrote on October 16, 2018, 7:42 AM

Of course, it is up to the individual to decide what he or she wishes to learn. But it should be clearly distinguished whether a discipline is intended for "growth" as a person, or as a serious discipline for secular advancement.

MegL wrote on October 16, 2018, 7:49 AM

There are a lot of changes but I think the mobilities area concentrates on keeping traffic moving, by reducing reliance on the motor car and moving people towards public transport, which of course, requires a lot more co-ordination between the various transport companies, so you don't have to wait 7 hours between arriving off one form of transport and waiting to get the next. It probably also encompasses environmental concerns, such as air pollution and even fuel security. People have been so brain washed into having their own cars, that not only is a car seen as a status symbol but public transport has been derided as not fit for "real people". I know that in many rural areas, rural transport is not sufficient for people to travel to work or for shopping and in Northern Ireland, some steps are being taken to meet those problems. If nothing is done, more cities will reach gridlock.

VinceSummers wrote on October 16, 2018, 8:02 AM

That is doubtless the case. If you read Drexel's cited page on mobilities, the description sounds like a lot of jargon intended to "obfuscate" what the offered discipline is all about. At the same time, the description is written in such a way as to suggest the reader will feel as if he is unintelligent if he cannot see the wisdom in pursuing such a discipline. Really, the question remains: Who will hire the graduate?

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MegL wrote on October 16, 2018, 8:26 AM

Yes, an awful lot of university wording is totally jargonistic and obfuscating, to try and bamboozle people who would be able to comment on the subject if it were more accessible and possibly to make the writer feel more important! Who will hire the graduate? Universities who offer courses in mobilities? LOL

VinceSummers wrote on October 17, 2018, 7:08 AM

I was just in touch with a fellow Drexel graduate, also in the field of chemistry, a field in which one can obtain gainful employment. He read this little piece and you might think I opened the pressure cooker, as much steam poured out. He so totally supported what I'd written... he used no uncertain terms.

lookatdesktop wrote on October 18, 2018, 7:01 PM

Uber & Lyft drivers wanted ASAP. Must have a degree in MOBILITIES RESEARCH AND POLICY, otherwise have a clean driving record and be willing to get a complete criminal B A C K G R O U N D check . Must have a MOBILE PHONE AND A MOBILE APP and know how to send lots of texts.

Last Edited: October 18, 2018, 7:04 PM

VinceSummers wrote on October 18, 2018, 9:36 PM

Funny! Sounds like I spoke almost prophetically. The new Yellow Cab.

lookatdesktop wrote on October 20, 2018, 10:12 AM

I love your sense of humor.