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Duane Benson
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Duane Benson   4/30/2012 6:40:46 PM
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I recently read an article on the privatization of education in America. State standardized tests are largely private enterprise big business. There's an organization working on creating a private GED program. I think that's right in line with the concerns about for-profit sports taking priority from academics at colleges. I believe in free enterprise, but everything needs some constraints. Public funding for education is currently not sufficient. That's why all of these profit making activities are popping up. In my opinion, education should be primarily publicly funded. Athletics are an important part of our culture, but the primary purpose of a school should be to educate people, not to deliver entertainment.

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Uberzephyr   4/30/2012 6:20:27 PM
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Are you just trolling, or do you really believe that? That's quite the slam against CS majors in general, considering it's in the top 5 in starting salaries for undergrad degrees. Companies, ethics aside, wouldn't be willing to pay those salaries if the talent wasn't worth it.

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bogdanbmcc   4/30/2012 5:51:05 PM
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Pretty clear that education for profit works as brilliant as medicine for profit! Why, everything should be for profit: love, hate,etc...

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KarlT   4/30/2012 5:02:50 PM
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I actually think it starts earlier than that. In high school, athletes are given preferential treatment that doesn't prepare them for the real world. Our priorities are misguided when extra-curricular studies are viewed as being more important than math and science or job related skills.

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mr_bandit   4/30/2012 4:16:09 AM
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The thing I liked about where I went to school (nmt.edu) was the two most organized sports, both student clubs, were rugby and beer ball. The goal was the same, just different levels of violence. Never made much of a difference for donations to the school. Compare/contrast to UNM and NMSU. At UNM, the coaches (each) make much more than the university president.

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seaEE   4/30/2012 4:02:29 AM
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It might be argued that football actually is applied physics, but it would be a stretch to establish any kind of relationship between football and computer science.

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felixk1   4/30/2012 2:20:13 AM
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Shouldn't placate a many, ready placate a number? Yes it should.

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felixk1   4/30/2012 2:17:55 AM
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Sports do placate a many (many I dare say) those that would (in all probability), be rampaging the streets causing trouble if not watching another form of violence on the mind-control box. Also it is a sad reality (I suspect), that many if not most people that graduate from Computer Science degrees have practically no chance of making a living from it let alone make any non-negligible (definition of non-negligible being quite relative obviously), contribution to the field. How many of these undergraduate CS degrees are little more than Arts degrees? Achieving an average of 50%-60% over a 4 year of a CS degree worth much if anything at all? Lastly Computer Science actually has little to do with computers, well the hardware at least (as we all probably know). The etymology of the term has been stagnate since the times when hardware was all important, any-ways the point being is that Computer Science may well be called Maths-too-challenging-unless-born-with-the-right-genes Science. The problem with US tertiary education (limited to the CS context if you must), is the source, that is the secondary education system. Don't you need to be a millionaire to get into a decent university of there? Then practically immoral (or unethical at least), to work in a big U.S. (not them) corporation?

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wilber_xbox   4/29/2012 7:02:27 AM
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well said, should not compare sports and study. Both have equal importance in life. As adage, peaceful and productive mind resides in healthy body.

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resistion   4/28/2012 3:58:24 PM
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Couple years ago, Yale kicked its Applied Physics department out of its engineering school, almost dissolved it. Deans do ridiculous things.

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