Re: One humanity, all in the same boat

From: Robert J. Bradbury (
Date: Sun Jan 13 2002 - 22:15:59 MST

On Mon, 14 Jan 2002, Damien Broderick wrote:

> You bet. People must stop paying differentially for the education of their
> children, especially via inherited wealth. Those sorry offspring at Harvard

Hey! I went to Harvard -- at least for a little while and my father
(who also went there) had precious little "inherited wealth" (he did have
a good enough job however that there weren't any scholarships (those
are reserved for the really poor smart people).

> and Yale and Oxford and Melbourne University who have prime-rib education,
> attractive clothes, sexy cars and excellent housing heaped upon them
> without suffering will come to no good, mark my words.
> Or maybe not.

Not. Interestingly enough I actually think much of the accumulated wealth
in the endowments goes into salary competition for the accumulation of Nobel
prize winning professors. Now I'm fairly proud of the fact that I took a
few classes from Nobel prize winners (or their equivalents in the humanities) --
in general I found them good teachers.

However, in the age of the internet, I think its an opportunity that
sould become more distributed. With more people taking classes from
the real sages in a discipline educations would have a higher quality
and a lower cost.


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