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Should all public education be free, including state colleges and universities?
Asked By Mike S,Last Answer By mikskali At 2009.12,1 Answers

Obviously this would mean heavier taxation; would it be worth it in the long run? Would we have a more educated public and better government as a result? Thanks to all who share.

What are some colleges or/and universities that teach Romansh?
Asked By Young008,Last Answer By Soda Popinski At 2011.03,1 Answers

What are colleges and universities called the "Ivory Tower"?
Asked By -- tambourine,Last Answer By Dr. Evol At 2009.12,1 Answers

The "Ivory Tower" refers to the phenomenon of college professors working in isolation from the surrounding community to some degree. We (professors, researchers, whatever you want to call us) don't answer to the local community or even our administration within the University when it comes to what we research or to some degree, even teach.

The phrase "Ivory Tower" has come to have a bit of a negative connotation over the years. People envision University professors researching meaningless phenomena while the world desperately needs those highly trained scientists to discover a cure for cancer or whatever your favorite cause is (global warming, etc.).

But the truth is that the "Ivory Tower" is a good thing in many ways. As a society, we ***need*** our scientists and other academics to have the freedom to pursue their own lines of reasoning and thinking for the simple fact that we're not all knowing.

Let's look at an example... Humans exhibit menstrual cycles, something that's fairly unusual among mammals. Several years ago, it became clear that more and more females (as a percentage) were experiencing early onset of menstrual cycles and also early onset of menopause. So this represents a problem... how do you research the factors that affect these phenomena in the laboratory?

In a society devoid of ethical and moral considerations, we'd gather up a set of human females and put them in the lab to study them. We obviously aren't going to do that... so we need the next best thing... an "animal model" to work with, something that we *can* put in the laboratory.

So like I said, menstrual cycles are unusual, so you have to look through the biology of all mammals to see if you can find a menstruating mammal that's not a human. Chimps don't do it... gorillas don't... neither do baboons or other monkeys... Oh! Whales exhibit menstrual cycles! But... they are a bit difficult to keep in the lab. Well, fortunately for us, some biologist from decades back worked in an "Ivory Tower" and spent their time researching Golden Teddy Bear Hamsters, the ones you buy at pet stores. In his research, he discovered that this species of hamster exhibits menstrual cycles (rather than estrous cycles), and as a consequence... the scientists researching menstruation in humans typically use these animals as models for problems in human reproduction.

So if you take the scientist (or other academician) *out* of the "Ivory Tower," you risk condemning our future due to unforeseen value or problems associated with prioritization. There are literally hundreds of examples of these sorts of fortunate "Ivory Tower" findings in every field, including political science, the humanities, history, and so on.

Last comment... The "Ivory Tower" also protects academic freedom. We *want* our children to be taught *new* ideas in addition to history. We want them to learn science, not just mythology (though that's also important). Remove the Ivory Tower... subject professors to community standards, and society will stagnate. Imagine how much more difficult it would be for biology to move forward if evolutionary theory couldn't be taught because it offended the locals. The children of that society would be forever handicapped in their learning...

Interesting question that's worthy of much more discussion. I hope you get lots of varied responses!

What are the differences between American and British colleges/universities?
Asked By AnastasiyaP,Last Answer By emanwelgwent At 2009.12,1 Answers

I'm in high school in America right now and I recently started researching out-of-country universities, and I'm not sure what the differences are between American and UK universities.
I mean things like what are classes like? How is your schedule? Can you work, and if you can, what kind of jobs? And also, do you have to have a major, can you switch it, and are there electives and the like in the UK? Any information would help, thanks :)

Do we need bilingual education, regulated & smart borders, free public health, & fair trade agreements in USA?
Asked By Tlatoani Nuyorker,Last Answer By barthebear At 2010.03,1 Answers

a) Bilingual Education.- Across nation, ( English-Spanish) from Kindergarten to postgraduate and doctorate.

b) Regulated & Smart borders, that means fight corruption in both sides of or borders ( including maritime borders and all ports of entry )

c) Free Public Health Care,
like in Canada or Mexico ( it is a human right )

d) Fair Trade Agreements.
It means that We shouldn't be only taking gold, silver, emeralds, diamonds, oil, woods, and other natural resources from other countries in exchange of junk! That's not fair!
We need a fair trade. Justice.

What are the most prestigious universities, colleges and graduate schools in Paris?
Asked By humanitarian,Last Answer By Du caviar pour les pauvres !!! At 2011.03,1 Answers

UK student curious on how to gain access to USA colleges/universities?
Asked By ..:[Jack]:..,Last Answer By CPG At 2009.12,1 Answers

Names Jack =] 16 year old student currently about to go into GCSE exams. Taking A-levels in my schools sixth form and subjects include History Maths Physical Education and Biology. Always wanted to take my future life into the USA and i was just wondering what a foreign student needs to apply for a US college or university? Are there additional courses or exams i will have to take to apply in the US?

And finally, if i get into or make it to that uni or college, what courses can previous US students reccomend to me that can lead to jobs that are needed in the US and what are reccomended part time jobs that i can work in alongside my education. A family friend who lived close to me went to the US and worked in a bar in NYC whilst he went to uni. However i'm not sure whether he began uni in the UK or not.
Can anyone give me some reliable advice for my future? =]

What colleges or universities all over the world, &U.S. are "known for" or "good for" what areas of study?
Asked By :::♥::Wonderland:::♥:::,Last Answer By hrm At 2009.12,1 Answers

What are some prestigious colleges with good programs for certain areas of studies, or have good departments for something in particular?

Do home-schooled students have a harder time to get into colleges and universities?
Asked By scαяℓεтт;; ate a poptar,Last Answer By BraxOwl At 2009.12,1 Answers

I was just thinking that because my neighbor is home-schooled and since she doesn't really have school report cards or progress reports like I do. How can she get into colleges or universities without records on her progress

What are the best colleges/universities within Boston metro area to attend for undergrad?
Asked By Christopher D,Last Answer By MarthaB At 2009.12,1 Answers

I love the greater Boston metro area and would love to have MBTA access to Boston but not necessarily be right in the city.

What are the best colleges/universities within Boston metro area to attend for undergrad?
Asked By Christopher D,Last Answer By MarthaB At 2011.03,1 Answers

I love the greater Boston metro area and would love to have MBTA access to Boston but not necessarily be right in the city.

Should all Americans be entitled to health care just as we are entitled to a free public education ?
Asked By Phade3,Last Answer By TESTORZ At 2011.04,1 Answers

How many state-owned enterprises, including state-owned financial indices? ? ? What is the Red Chip Index
Asked By Betty White,Last Answer By Ivy Bush At 2011.05,1 Answers

Full-time colleges and universities - What is the ldquo; full-rdquo;? ?
Asked By lucy liu,Last Answer By Abe Douglas At 2011.05,1 Answers

Apply clinical positions must be full-time first degree graduates from colleges and universities. If the operator is not a full-time Undergraduate Undergraduate Graduate

Grandes ecoles? Public universities? Any good?
Asked By sting,Last Answer By abdoucondorcet At 2011.03,1 Answers

I was just researching a bit more about French and generally European universities and I noticed that a lot of public ones are obliged to take students after high school.

And the Grandes Ecoles in France don't even offer all the courses the public ones do. Then, why do people keep struggling to get into Frenc universities?

Are the public ones still better and more prestigious than many American and Canadian uiversities?

I also noticed that the web sites aren't clear enough.

For instance, te Conservatory of Paris is a public university. What puzzles me the most is its reputation. How could it be any good when ANY Frenc student can get in?

Is it a lot harder to get accepted than what it 'seems' and what the law says?

Can somebody explain everything to me clearly?

And is it just Wikipedia or the Grandes Ecoles don't offer the various programs the public universities do?

I thought I was getting somewhere; now everything's getting more confusing.

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