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They say: HP not suited as an academic subject for times of crisis

At http://www.dailytitan.com/opinion/csuf_should_spend_money_on_classes_other_than_harry_potter_101-1.1330564 there is an article (from 2009-02-02) by Austen Montero & Crysania Salcido: CSUF should spend money on classes other than "Harry Potter 101" : In times of a crunched budget, the school should be spending more efficiently.

Well, first of all: I never thought that the aptitude of a subject for research was depending on the amount of money available to the institution were that subject is investigated. (When having something you want to research and you lack the money: do apply for more money ... [:-)] ...). Humanities research by definition is either luxury or it is not humanities research. Plus: I can't imagine how the aptitude of a subject for teaching was depending on the amount of money available to the institution were that subject is taught. And: the idea that there are first rate and second rate subjects/themes/documents for teaching humanities seems doubtful as well. Using a sorted canon without providing the reader with the reasons for selecting one's reasons for inclusion into the canon, exclusion from the canon, sorting the canon the way one sorts it: well, it might not be a good idea for anyone to get into application interviews with me as one of the interviewers if you decide to stick to such attitudes. Nuff said.

O.k.: on the other hand: this is a new theory explaining why some of the previous interest in the Potterverse is waning: it's just an epiphenomenon of a world wide financial crisis ... [:-)] ... . Only: such waning did pre-date the outbreak of the crisis. So perhaps we should consider using "changes in the amount of HP related discussions" as an early indicator of future changes in economic climate.
In this case: please do consider this posting here as a major contribution to future global economic growth. [:-)]
A type of divination AFAIK not taught by Ms Trewlaney.

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I imagine there are a few professors that sniff at HP not being 'high brow' enough but I know as much as I know about the War of the Roses and 1066 because of HP. So maybe it isn't 'Great Literature" but the search for hidden meanings leads to more study and that has to be a good thing at any point in economic development. Besides "Man does not live by bread alone".
"the idea that there are first rate and second rate subjects/themes/documents for teaching humanities seems doubtful as well"

Well, there you've answered your own question. It's a terrible thing, but the world is shutting it's doors on thoughts, words and deeds. Never before have I seen such barriers erected. Trade barriers, protectionism, closed mindedness, intolerance. It's rampant. Tow the party line, don't question anything, shut up and do as you're told. Whatever happened to healthy debate? Academics shout "You're a moron!" instead of making a valid response. They sound like 2 year olds, or worse, the neighbourhood bully. We must be living in some kind of academic black hole, the inverse of the renaissance. If it's tradesmen they want to produce then why have universities at all?
If it's tradesmen they want to produce then why have universities at all?

Well, humanities research and its results can be funny and entertaining at times.

Plus: there is that old saying: From the beginning of time nobody else's work did result in as many jobs for other people as that of Homer and Aristotle. ... [:-)] ... .
That's my point exactly. Universities are supposed to be philosophical and theoretical. If they think the economy is resaon to be more practical and that we should only be producing "professionals" like lawyers and doctors and MBA's than they don't understand what universities are for in the first place. Humanities studies have an important role to play in society. If politicians studied humanities instead of law the world would be a better place, and fewer mistakes would be repeated.
I don't share ypur optimism. But nevertheless ... .

That's really an unfair statement about the HP classes. It's so arbitrary! Are they going to tell History teachers to choose between topics also? Hitler or Napoleon? Or Art History classes can either be about Romanticism or Cubism, but not Egyptian Art because it isn't relevant?

What's happening in the U.S. is that even public universities are feeling the economic crunch because they have endowments that have lost their value, and private universities with high tuition are really in trouble. My husband pointed out an article about Brandeis University selling their art collection to stay afloat.
Over here the situation ins partially complicated, but not that bad (yet).

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