Absolutely. The most prestigious universities are generally all basing their traditional approach on models that have barely evolved in at least 100 years (if not far longer).
But they have also been picking and choosing what they want to change, and what they want to ignore.
For example, the traditional role of a university was to promote transmission of knowledge amongst the academics of the world, in order to progress humanity.
While the facades of the big name universities are supported by ancient greek columns and impressively old marble and granite, the insides have become primarily money making machines with bare regard for the actual education provided, other than the ability for that education to keep vast sums of money coming in.
As an example, Australia’s education industry is the third largest export industry , generating well over AU$20 billion a year. Mostly from foreign students (foreigners, who the government is generally hell-bent on keeping out of the country, but when they bring money with them they are apparently no longer a threat).
Don’t get me wrong, I like foreigners. Whenever I travel, I am one myself.
To give you a comparison, the entire industry of Hollywood generates around US$30-40 billion. Australia has roughly 10% of the population of the US, so on a per capita basis, education is bringing in five times as much money as Hollywood.
When money becomes the main driving force for progress, there will always be plenty of cut corners.
I’d say that science has improved logarithmically, but society is still so far behind. We’re still trying to come to terms with the industrial revolution socially.
In the 1990s or so, I read a quote that 90% of all the scientists throughout the entire history of science, were alive and working that day.
So all the great advancements of science through the ages were created by an incredibly small number of people compared to the number of scientists working at that point in time, around 20 years ago.
So in theory, we should have 9 times as many scientific breakthroughs on the scale of the theory of relativity, the discovery of gravity, the complete classification and taxonomy of almost every living species on the planet, the discovery of the planets and solar system, and galaxy the Van Allen belt, electricity, the telephone, tthe computer, the internet, plastics, internal combustion, marine navigation, timekeeping (from sun dial to atomic clock), gunpowder, rocketry, aviation, nuclear weapons, biological warfare, chemical warfare, etc. etc. etc. etc.
So the current generation of scientists will, are, and have discovered some mind boggling things which we won’t even know the repercussions of for many generations.
How can society hope to come even close to adapting to these oncoming changes? We’re still playing catch up from the past few millenia.
Anyway, thread hijack finished…