The push to force colleges to deliver online courses to 1000-student classrooms and kill the classroom learning format altogether continues:
Governor Rick Perry wants public colleges and universities in Texas to develop bachelor's degrees that would cost students only $10,000 in total, including the cost of textbooks, KXAN News reported. Perry, a Republican, didn't offer details on how colleges could do this, and some Democrats are questioning the realism of the idea, given that $10,000 would be a small fraction of costs today (which vary among institutions). In the State of the State address in which he issued the call, Perry said that online education and "innovative teaching techniques" could make the degrees possible.
Perry isn't interested in helping to make college degrees cheaper for students to get. He wants to destroy the system of higher education in other to hand out worthless e-diplomas to underprepared students who have hardly seen the inside of a classroom and whose only skill is answering stupid multiple choice questions on-line and copy-paste useless information from Wikipedia.
Texas is well-known for being somewhat of a joke intellectually. The number of hilarious stories coming out of that state is probably higher than any other state in the union. Texas Republicans militate to outlaw oral and anal sex and promote the idea that beating children is not child abuse but a legitimate and fun activity. Texas has gone so far in its anti-intellectual policies that it even offered . . . online beginners courses in Spanish. As for the kind of research that comes out of this state, it's of such low quality that only the Dr. Phil audience might find it interesting.
I remember interviewing for a Texas university that's considered to be quite prestigious for that state. When I heard how many courses they expected a professor to teach per semester, I started laughing right there at the interview. I honestly though they were joking. Professorial salaries were pathetic and job benefits non-existent. While Texas tries to find a recipe for transforming crap into sour-cream, as we say in my culture, it becomes more and more improbable that intellectual life in that state can be rescued.