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  • The education of the guardians

    The education of the guardians

    By Hans Mark
    Published: May 2, 2011

    Aerospace Engineering Professor Hans Mark’s experience preparing to testify before a Senate committee turned him on to the “great books.”

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      AK said on May 13, 2011 at 1:06 p.m.
      An absolutely fantastic story. I was fortunate to have been introduced to C. P. Snow's "The Two Cultures" about 15 years ago and have not stopped believing in the crux of the message, i.e., the significance of both liberal arts and science in our lives. However, I find that the problem with our society today is not the awareness--nor the aptitude--at the concept of two cultures, but deploying the philosophical thinking in our daily practice. In other words, put your money where your mouth is! I hear leaders of our community quote great minds and they are, no doubt, skilled at debate, but rarely is there any meaning behind the talk. The idea is not to win a debate, but to improve mind and spirit. And, this to the point that actions automatically become a reflection of our inner spirit. The recent budget crises at the university provide a good example of how the UT administration (educated & skilled at debate) has demonstrated their inner spirit. I frankly can't hear Mr. Powers complete a sentence before I start yawning! Does Mr. Powers even know: That administrators/managers are using the budget crisis to get rid of employees they don't like for personal reasons and that HR is working overtime to support management at the expense of staff? Indeed, a mind is a terrible thing to waste and we should strive to educate our children and prepare them for a better living. On the other hand, education doesn't mean anything if you are not willing to walk the talk no matter how difficult the prospect. That is where, in my humble opinion, we as a society fail.
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      Wayne Hardin said on May 12, 2011 at 3:17 p.m.
      Please share your list of books.
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