According to my colleagues from other countries, the American educational system has a reputation as unimpressive up through the university level, but is regarded as the top of the heap when it comes to training at the highest level — with people around the world desperate to come to the United States to get the best Ph.D training on the planet. Thus, slashing funding for higher education and scientific research (much of which is conducted by our best Ph.D. students at major universities), seems like a policy destined to undermine the country’s economic health in long-lasting ways.
In the broader scheme of history, these findings also highlight the ultimate self-destructiveness of totalitarian governments that have hoped to build a new society by first purging all the intellectual free-thinkers. 5 Reasons Why You'll Never Be The One
Douglas T. Kenrick is Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University and author of Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life: A psychologist investigates how evolution, cognition, and complexity are revolutionizing our view of human nature.
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