There is so much I could write about this morning. I could write about the amount of money paid to Allen Mullay, CEO of Ford; or I could write about how Clark Country is actively pursuing supply chain work for Boeing; or I could write about Tim Cook’s, CEO of Apple, visit to Foxconn, the Chinese company that builds the Iphone and Ipad. Apple is pushing the Chinese company to reduce required work hours for employees to 49 from the current 60 hours. Also, Apple is requiring Foxxconn to gives its employees a wage increase. All of the actions taken by Apple will increase its cost per Iphone and Ipad by $2. I for one will be willing to pay an extra $2 for my Iphone or Ipad to help the working conditions of the workers in China.
However, what I want to focus on today is what is happening in the educational world in California. The reason I like to focus on California is I grew up there, and what happens in California usually travels to other states. Peter Berkowitz wrote an article in today’s Wall Street Journal about the situation occurring in California. The article is in response to a report entitled “A Crisis of Competence: The Corrupting Effect of Political Activities in the University of California.” The bottom-line of the report is due to the pathologies within the educational system in California college students are graduating without a comprehensive understanding of history and literature. “They are unfamiliar with the principles of American constitutional government. And they are bereft of the skills necessary to comprehend serious books and effectively marshal evidence an argument in written work.” To be fair though, this is not just a California issue, it is occurring all across the US.
The California university system has experienced curriculum changes over the years to the point that none of the nine general campuses in their system require the study of history and the institutions of the United States. None require the study of western civilization, and in several English departments a student can graduate without taking a class on Shakespeare. I find this to be very troubling, but this also encourages me when it comes to what we are doing within the Business department where I teach.
I teach business in a college that is Christ-centered and in the city for the city. It is a small liberal arts college that cares about the student who graduates from our institution. We want students who are passionate about the major they are studying, but we also want them to have a broad understanding of knowledge and wisdom, as well as have a Christ-centered passion for service. Often I wonder if it is working. Yesterday at our Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) Regional Competition I found out it is working.
Five of our business students stood up in front of 10 corporate judges and presented information about Warner, our students, our program, and our accomplishments. They were poised, articulate, mature, and technically astute. They represented their faith, education, and themselves in a way that demonstrated the fact that faculty at Warner are doing their job. Not just business faculty, but our science, humanities, and social science departments too. These students were well educated and well prepared. I was very proud of them, and this demonstrated to me the importance of teaching business in a liberal arts environment.
And that is my thought for the day!