I think any publicly funded university is based on the axiomatic belief that knowledge in itself is good, that we should have an educated citizenry that will be able to develop its abilities to the fullest and that as such, education should be seen as a public good paid out of tax dollars. The rest of this column is premised on the assumption that education is a public good and the financing of higher education should be designed with this in mind.
The following editorial first appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
At Florida International University, Chris Grau has found that actors such as Will Smith, Jim Carrey and Keanu Reeves are a fine way of introducing students to philosophers like Aristotle, Immanuel Kant and Rene Descartes.
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