both barrels: another incisive editorial in the T-J. Leaving aside the difficulty of dripping anything on a tower (“Protesters drip mud on the ivory tower,” Telegraph-Journal, May 14/09, A8), am I the only one getting sick of the same old litany of anti-intellectualism trotted out on these occasions? Academics are in “the ivory tower,” “out of touch,” “blind,” and “politically correct” in their “threadbare intellectual garb.”
Then there is the cosmic irony of being lectured on “critical thinking” by the Telegraph-Journal.
Of course, such a tone is hardly surprising given the political culture of not only the provincial Liberals, but the current regime in Ottawa: cuts to Arts, cuts to any research that is not applied. Let’s get with the programme. Beyond our borders, valuing education and those who offer it is not considered embarrassing. Academics are not viewed as irritating, but rather a social good. In the U.S. they have already turned that corner. Let’s catch up.