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on Sep 17, 2013
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"Passion and commitment" are wonderful qualities, however I'd like to suggest that they include and encourage "integrity and compassion."
Stanford has been exhibiting a lack of both qualities in recent years, always willing to abandon both for the big bucks.
I've always felt a personal pride in our community campus, but that feeling has been eroded in the extreme in recent years.
What they teach is our future and I'm thinking they are leading students down the wrong (completely mercenary) path.
If the content of these programs is half as clever as the acronyms (ITALIC, SIMILE), the freshman class should be in for a wild ride. As Marshall McLuhan once wrote, "A man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a metaphor?"
Make that METAPHOR.
Here's another recently coined acronym Stanford is working on...
BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies)
"Obama's $100 million brain research initiative taps several Stanford scientists" -- Web Link
There's no such ethnic group as "Native American" let alone "Native American or Hawaiian". At least there aren't any for which Stanford would be able to cite statistics. The ethnic categories used by the federal government for reporting ethnic statistics are "American Indian and Alaska Native" and "Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander". Why does Stanford continue to cite stats for these fake categories? More important why does the press continue to repeat them. A quick check of the Common Data Set provided by Stanford to the US Department of Education will show that the figures in this article for those ethnic groups are greatly inflated.