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From: "Peter Stewart" <>
Subject: Re: Sources for King Henri I of France - a warning
Date: Fri, 7 Jan 2011 13:03:29 +1100
"Tony Hoskins" <> wrote in message
> This is disturbing. There is in my opinion nothing less than
> a crisis in current historiography. Where are the scholars?
> Too freqently not in universities.
Those who are in universities are forced to spend much of their time in
teaching dull undergraduate courses and on administrative chores, not on
Many of the undergraduates, of course, are scarcely literate and are only
there to develop career prospects anyway - ultimately they are required by
the modern economy to be trained rather than educated, and will never
benefit from conscientious tutoring. So faculty members are demoralised by
systemic lack of purpose, and standards sink further.
A new "quaternary" level of education is needed, which is barely provided
now. When the public are ready to pay for this, without constant pressure to
teach, administer and publish, we *might* see the beginnings of improvement.
But I'm not entirely hopeful, as with few exceptions the standards even of
prize felloships at All Souls are not nearly what they once were.