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Monday, February 06, 2012

10 Reasons Academia Isn’t Radical Anymore

Kaitlyn Cole has been in touch to remind us about this published article below.

Photo: Online Universities

Most of the great breakthroughs in science, math, and philosophy haven’t been readily accepted by mainstream society, even though the scholars that presented these iconic ideas are lauded for their genius today. Academia, at many times in history, has been the refuge of those who are willing to think outside the box and come to conclusions about the world and our place in it that may be hard for people to stomach. Yet increasingly, this radical element of academia is falling by the wayside, leaving many wondering why academia just isn’t as edgy as it once was.

Photo: Online Universities

While there are still some radical academics out there, they’re becoming increasingly few and far between. Mainstream media, funding issues, controls on academic freedom, and even the university structure itself all have a role to play in the decline of radical academia. Read on to learn more and why, for better or worse, academics of today are a much better-behaved group than those in the past.

1.  Universities are very touchy about bad PR.
Even at times when universities should be exposing controversial things happening on campus (a recent incident at Penn State comes to mind), they push them under the rug for fear of garnering bad PR. Think it’s uncommon?
A study conducted in 2009 found that many colleges were covering up the number of rapes on campus by pressuring victims or failing to prosecute. If schools are willing to cover up a serious issue like rape to save face, it’s no surprise that they have little tolerance for radical academics who could potentially enrage parents, students, and donors and hurt the school’s image (which they’ve spent millions carefully creating).

Thanks to Kaitlyn.
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