$46+K a year for a Duke Education -- what a joke

Imagine paying over $46,000 a year for a college education at Duke University (and many other private universities for that matter)and paying for pathetic professors who shouldn't be in kindergarten much less universities. All universities in America are badly managed and poor investments. The people who teach are almost always way to the left and they are "adults" who have never left school -- not terrific role models. But every once in a while, how bad they really are hits you in the face.

Imagine paying over $46,000 a year for a college education at Duke University (and many other private universities for that matter) and paying for pathetic professors who shouldn't be in kindergarten much less universities.  All universities in America are badly managed and poor investments.  The people who teach are almost always way to the left and they are "adults" who have never left school -- not terrific role models.  But every once in a while, how bad they really are hits you in the face. 

There is a group of some 80 professors at Duke who came out as one immediately against the lacrosse team players accused of raping a woman at a party (playing the PC card big time). The team players were exonerated later on, but that didn't matter to these adult/children.  They were and are poor excuses for faculty and thoughtful adults.  To make my point, a section of a course description for a course entitled Sexual History around the Globe by one of these jokers appears below.  Would you want to study with this guy?

Sexual History around the Globe.” That course asks,

    “What does it mean to sexualize history?” We will ask how we can sexuality not just as a topic of study, but as a reading practice. What happens when we focus a feminist and queer analysis on history? How does the historical narrative change as we use sexuality as our reading practice? What happens to the sign of history when confronted with the sign of sexuality? As we read historical narratives that focus on a wide variety of topics, we will discuss those topics by developing sexuality as our reading practice. Thus, when we read a military history, we will ask not just about sexuality as a topic with the military (did soldiers have sex with other soldiers? did soldiers impregnate prostitutes?), but also about sexuality as a reading process (what happens when we center our entire analysis of the military by sexualizing the bodies of the soldiers? what happens when we read the military as a sexualized institution?) Similarly, all other topics will be sexualized in our reading practice. We will read primary and secondary literature from various time periods and locations: hence will perform sexual histories around the globe."

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  • WillyGeorge

    September 21, 2007

    Agree with the article and both comments. A Duke alumni.

  • fortywater

    September 02, 2007

    Duke is no different than the other high-priced schools; you don't pay for an education, you pay for a brand-name. I went to an Ivy League school and the TA's were still teaching the class, even though most of them didn't have a decent command of the english language.

    In my opinion, the cost of education will make this country totally uncompetitive going forward in a global service economy. How can someone carrying $100K+ in student loans compete globally against those with none?

  • dukesucks

    September 02, 2007

    I graduated from Duke 8 years ago. You're missing an important point here. The difference between Duke and other schools that cost this much is that at Duke you actually never even get to see these "adults" that you mention - instead, you spend you're time being taught be a bunch of "teachers' assistants", i.e., hungry grad students making $15 an hour. As a student, your fervor about the Blue Devilsis supposed to cover for the fact that you aren't learning anything. I ended up going to Dartmouth for grad school, and wish that I had gone to a true Northeastern liberal arts school for undergrad - I might have actually learned something.

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