Are you old enough to have received tuition bills for your kidâ€™s education that roll your eyes to the back of your cruller? I am, and I have. I recall getting bills from daughterâ€™s college (a small fancy schmancy college that serves Designer Water) for about a zillion dollars per credit for a course that was called something like â€œThe Medium of Movement.â€ Huh???
As such, I pity the parents of a kid at Centre College of Kentucky who get their next tuition bill for a zillion dollars so that their freshman kid can take a course called “The CafÃ© and Public Life, ” which is described as follows:
The cafÃ© has long been a storied place for creating public life, from convivial social groups to intellectual salons to revolutionary cells. We will study how the cafÃ© is a â€œthird placeâ€ â€“ not home, not work â€“ where people from different social groups can meet and mix. Caffeine, especially in coffee, tea, and chocolate, has fueled a modern public sphere that promotes hard work and clear thinking. We will make several field trips to different kinds of cafÃ©s to see for ourselves how they can be incubators of public life, and to actively create critical discourse ourselves by talking to cafÃ© regulars.
When I was a freshman in college, my courses were as follows:
History of Western Civilization
There may have been one more that I cannot recall at the moment. I do, however, remember that those courses kept my ass glued to a desk chair for five hours per night after the last class of the day. Taking a course that involved hanging out in a coffee joint was not an option.
Would I have signed up for a course that involved sitting around, drinking coffee and grooving on the ambience? You bet your ass. Would I have learned anything worth a shit? As my Constitutional Law Professor from Maine used to say, â€œTo ahhhsk the question, is to ahhhnswer it.â€ NO!!!!
Mr. Scriblerus, of The Idiom, has tracked down the details of this edumacational joke, and Black Hole of tuition dollars, including the most interesting course syllabus. Go check it out.