In the News

There have been so many stories in the news these past few weeks that have elicited reactions from me that I thought I’d share my $0.02 on a few of them in one fell swoop:

  • Limbo is, well, taken off limbo
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18296718/site/newsweek/

    The Roman Catholic church via Pope Benedict XVI recently rejected the longstanding concept of limbo and has effectively sent, according to Newsweek at least, “unbaptized babies to heaven.” (Thank goodness.) Purgatory—the gigantic waiting room for the morally ambiguous who are anxiously waiting for a ticket to Heaven or to Hell—remains intact.

    See, this has always been a curious idea to me. I’m not Catholic, but I went to Catholic school growing up, so I’m familiar with the doctrines and rituals of the Catholic church. But this notion of an ethereal waiting room—can you imagine the hold music that would be playing there?—is just a little bit too, well, red tape-ish for me. It’s like being at the DMV for millennia and not learning whether or not you brought the right forms with you until you’re at the counter.

  • Higher Ed Gunk
    There’s been a deluge of media coverage on the student loan scandals of late. And for those of you who read the trade papers, you also know about the other fun stuff going on at the Department. But being a card-carrying lifetime member of the higher education community at large (which, as I astutely observed in my last post, has officially lost its mind), all I have to say is: When the heck are we as an enterprise going to admit our mistakes, take some responsibility, and actually figure out ways to move forward?
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2 thoughts on “In the News

  1. Higher Ed. Gunk – how about at the same time this DOE decides to actually provide industry oversight and stop shilling for the business community?

  2. Yeah, but claiming that the Department has been shilling for the business community would be giving the feds too much credit. As a wise person once said to me, the Department is really not all that clever.

    I was actually surprised (maybe pleasantly?) that compared to colleges and universities, federal agencies don’t really have that much power. Congress is where it’s at, and even then, most language introduced that could make some real change never sees the light of day.

    I, of course, plan to change all that once I become Ultimate Lord and Master of Higher Education.

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