Academic Revolution @grahamfarmelo @proflisajardine

In the previous post “Everybody Wants a Revolution” one of my links was to Nick Maxwell’s Knowledge to Wisdom campaign – the call for a revolution in academe.

Also on The Global Circle blog Allan McKenna posted a simple plea for specific advice to individuals at incremental stages in academe between undergraduate and tenured professor. Today I saw this piece tweeted by media scientist writers Graham Farmelo and Lisa Jardine – which instantly reminded me of the piece posted on Facebook by philosopher Stephen Law – on career directed degrees, though the former is about PhD’s rather than first (major) degrees.

I all three cases my instant reaction was to think of the adage:

“Don’t confuse your life’s work with your day job.”

And the best rendition of that I’ve come across, is this 2004 Colby College commencement address by Richard Russo.

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