History News Network | It’s worse than Scott Walker and Ted Cruz: Secrets of conservatives’ decades-long war on truth

The historian Heather Cox Richardson argues that Scott Walker’s attempt to have the words “Basic to every purpose of the system is the search for truth” removed from the University of Wisconsin’s mission statement was “deliberate,” despite the fact that Walker claimed that it was only a “drafting error.”  See her entire argument here:

History News Network | It’s worse than Scott Walker and Ted Cruz: Secrets of conservatives’ decades-long war on truth.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

What’s the purpose of education in the 21st century? – The Washington Post

Governor Scott Walker’s attempt to change the mission statement of the University of Wisconsin by replacing “search for truth” and “improve the human condition” with “meet the state’s workforce needs” has provoked a backlash. Many Republicans like Walker see  higher education solely in terms of job training. This narrow and myopic view of education has gained traction recently and has made colleges and universities the target of increased criticism. There has already been some pressure on institutions of higher education to conform to this model, but for the most part the traditional model has prevailed, as it should. If the narrow, worker model of education triumphs we will all lose. To advocate for a broader intellectual education does not mean that we cannot also prepare students for the workforce. As Arthur H. Camins notes “it doesn’t have to be either-or.” Instead, he argues, “[e]ducation should prepare young people for life, work and citizenship.” Read Camins’ defense of higher education at:

What’s the purpose of education in the 21st century? – The Washington Post.

(AP Photo/The Sentinel, Dennis R.J. Geppert)

(AP Photo/The Sentinel, Dennis R.J. Geppert)