Enter stage right, Rick Scott:
In a luncheon speech before a Tallahassee business group today, Gov. Rick Scott repeated his criticism that the state was spending too much of its higher education budget on degrees that would not necessarily translate into jobs.
“I got accused of not liking anthropologists the other day,” Scott said. “But just think about it, how many more jobs do think there are for anthropologists in the state?
“Do you want to use your tax dollars to educate more people who can’t get jobs in anthropology? I don’t. I want to make sure that we spend our dollars where people can get jobs when they get out.”
So Rick, exactly how many Florida public universities offer degrees in ‘Reading the Roadmap of India Because, as Anyone With Both Functioning Braincells and Ethics Will Tell You, That’s Where Rick Scott’s Backers Sent All of America’s Jobs’?
Ever seen the movie Office Space? It doesn’t exactly matter if you have a hard science degree – wiether its computer science or engineering or whatever – if the people in Rick Scott’s demographic have no desire to allow any of the rabble who might have such degrees to get or maintain a job. Before I went to law school, I worked at a couple of engineering outfits. Who were constantly in fear of losing their jobs? Americans with hard science and/or engineering degrees. Who would be the beneficiaries of those job losses? Engineers from other countries who would work for 1/3 of what the American-trained Americans would.
And don’t get me started on how the investment-class-holes would screw over the drafters.
There aren’t too many anthropolgists.
There are too many Rick Scotts.
But Rick the Prick is just picking on anthropology as an example; history is what scares the criminal conservative elte most. Per C&L:
Via Mother Jones, an argument for why Scott’s thinking is so intellectually dishonest:
But if Scott thinks that state colleges should only offer free-market-friendly majors, he’s been sleeping in class. First, he ignores a host of recent research that shows college majors don’t matter as much in graduates’ long-term earning power as is often assumed. Second, “soft” subjects like anthropology (and philosophy, and history, and psychology, and English) serve their students pretty darn well: Take a look at the surprising list of notable Americans who majored in them… including Dubya, Carly Fiorina, Clarence Thomas, Billy Graham, and Ronald Reagan. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better marketer or brand specialist than an anthro major.
It’s more likely that the real reason is buried deeper in the Mother Jones piece. At least, that’s my theory:
That, in the end, is perhaps why Scott’s really out to kill anthropology and the liberal arts: As opposed to conservative-friendly disciplines like economics and business management, liberal arts produce more culturally aware and progressive citizens, inclined to challenge ossified social conventions and injustices. Eliminate cultural and social sciences from public colleges, and you’ll ultimately produce fewer community organizers, poets, and critics; you’ll probably churn out more Rotarians, Junior Leaguers, and Republican donors.
Not that science, math, technology and other market-friendly majors don’t produce socially aware people. I’m sure they do. But in Rick Scott’s weird little mind, those people are easier to mold in the conservative image than students trained to think critically and empathetically.
As if any of the money Scott would divert from history, et. al., would actually go into science, et. al. The first order of business would be to construct a college of Ayn Rand worship…
without any of her inconvenient personal history (athiest, welfare recipient, yadda yadda yadda….)