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How It’s New York: Turning academics and art into business is so very Madison Avenue, even if it didn’t start here.
How It’s Irish:This piece was inspired by the state of things in Irish univeristies, and written by Irish writer, New York-based Kevin Holohan.
New York is full of writers whose genius can be tapped by a tap on the shoulder. Here’s a hilarious and pointed little piece from Kevin Holohan, who insists:
…it is vitally important to remember that real education is more than preparation for the drab utilitarian demands of the market.
Prof Gerard Casey of UCD’s school of philosophy put it marvellously in 2006: “At present there are those who ask: ‘Why cant the university be more like business?’ (Oddly enough not many ask the equally pertinent question why businesses can’t be more like universities!)”– Tom Garvin
Ernest Nackyball has come to ask the college authorities for a hundred Euro to buy refreshments and make posters for a seminar.
(don’t worry! Kevin explains!)
This marvelous essay, The Bleak Future of the Irish University by Tom Garvin, excerpted in The Irish Times from the book Degrees of Nonsense: The Demise of the University in Ireland, edited by Dr Brendan Walsh of DCU (Glasnevin Publishing). is a thought-provoking and incisive wake-up call to the dangers of the creeping Business-ification of education not just in the universities of Ireland but everywhere:
“An indescribable grey philistinism increasingly characterized the public culture of the college, and a hideous management-speak drowned out coherent communication.”
There are few of us who have not been subjected to the incoherent horrors of someone trying to actionate something ballparkwise in a holistic 360 kind of way.