Stripping professor at Columbia U: With the credibility of higher education under attack, this happened.

So, this happened. Columbia University faculty member Emlyn Hughes stripped amongst other academic freedoms which he put to the test, in what may appear to be the most arbitrary introduction to Quantum Physics ever.

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/59932634″>FroSci Gone Wild</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user4615152″>Bwog</a&gt; on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

I have mixed feelings about this. If academic expression comes under fire, no matter how heinous, a precedent will be in place for control by overbearing market forces, and government control from left and right wings. On the other hand, academia’s outcomes are in question right now. Students who climb the entire ladder to a PhD are not likely to find a something at the top to justify the climb, at least in the form of an academic job. Alternative careers, alternative means of education, and alternative delivery systems are clamoring for center stage. And this guy strips.

A few weeks ago, students caught cheating at Harvard were “forced to withdraw” for “between two and four terms”, in a course taught by a professor who allegedly “gave out 120 A’s last year and [will] give out 120 more.” Academic websites are abuzz with grade inflation scandals and stories of students who expect to purchase perfect marks by virtue of tuition paid.

And this guy strips.

I make a lot of mistakes when I teach. I enjoy discovering my blind-spots and learning from my mistakes. I hope I never add to a growing body of evidence that higher education is making itself irrelevant. So I will keep my clothes on- while this guy strips.

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