Re: Advancements in Technology and the Impact on Higher Education

Gregory Alan Bolcer (
Mon, 27 Apr 1998 08:14:31 -0700

> Unfortunately, the PhD is increasingly being seen the same way, as
> just another hoop to get through. The object becomes the generation of
> material considered suitable for PhD assessment, rather than
> documenting original contributions.

Sun Microsystems Chief Scientists, John Gage and Bill Joy, would
disagree with you.

> In other words, education turns into training.

You misunderstood my point. Training is not exploration.
It is instruction. It has been turning into a 'training exercise',
but I think that is changing, which is a good thing. Haven't you
ever wondered whatever happened to those people who were passed
up through the grades just to get rid of them? Ones that were
given, even B.S.'s in computer science? Where do you think those
people are now?