His current hobbyhorse, here presented as advice to President-elect Obama, is potentially more dangerous because it may not be instantly obvious to every lifeform how batshit insane it is. He's pushing the line that we "should forget the dream of universal college education". Why? Almost all of us are innately stupid. Consider a couple of quotes:
- A large majority of young people do not have the intellectual ability to do genuine college-level work.
- Except for the freakishly gifted, all of us are too dumb to get through college in many majors.
- Many young people who have the intellectual ability to succeed in rigorous liberal arts courses don’t want to. For these students, the distribution requirements of the college degree do not open up new horizons. They are bothersome time-wasters.
About 10 percent to 20 percent of all 18-year-olds can absorb the material in your old liberal arts textbooks. For engineering and the hard sciences, the percentage is probably not as high as 10.I'm guessing nobody has tried to test this, and testing it would be far from straightforward. Anybody who believes such stuff may be so gullible that higher education will present a challenge for them, but those of us who work in the classroom have signed on for a challenge. It would be cool if we had a president who had, say, taught at the university level.
Image from here. Yeah, I thought about going for a Barbie "math is hard" image, but …