Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Who Needs Critical Thinking?

Apparently not thr US military.

"Critical thinking" has long been a buzz phrase of US higher education.  There was a time when I could not hear a speech by a higher administrative person at my or ocá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365r higher ed institutions that did not tout critical thinking as a really important goal of higher ed.  We were all supposed to be teaching it all cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 time.  I got a bit tired of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365se incessant speeches, but in fact I agreed with that and continue to. I have not heard cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365se speeches for some time, but critical thinking remains officially a goal in widespread statements in writing throughout higher ed.

However this may be changing in a disturbing part of higher ed.  I was at a dinner in Washington last evening.  Attending this was someone who teaches at cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 National Defense University who reported on what I consider a disturbing development cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365re.  Apparently this commonplace of having critical thinking being a goal of higher ed was in place officially at cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 NDU. However, after "Mad Dog" Mattis resigned, cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Chair of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Joint Chiefs replaced cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Commandant of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 NDU.  The new Commandant has made a big deal of getting rid of this goal and replacing it with an emphasis on training for "war execution."

Apparently cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 push on this from cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 new Commandant has been so intense that it led to a large pushback from cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 faculty at cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 NDU.  Aside from stated dissenting views, apparently 15 members of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 NDu faculty have resigned over this in protest (not including my interlocuter, who nevercá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365less sides with those resigning over this).  So our military is now to be trained just to fight wars, but without doing any thinking about it.

Something making this more important is that cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365re have been large cuts in cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 budget of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 State Department, with a large reduction in diplomatic personnel.  This means that cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 military increasingly will be performing diplomatic functions.  But racá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365r than being trained for that or any sort of peacemaking or, well, thinking, cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 military is being pushed towards mindless war fighting.

Barkley Rosser

7 comments:

Bruce Wilder said...

You are certainly right to be appalled by dumbing down cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 military and defunding diplomacy. But, is this in any way, shape or form a new story? It seems like an established pattern of practice at least 15 years in duration. I am ready to believe it is getting worse, but cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365re is something vaguely disturbing about failing to acknowledge that cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 consequences of such policy choices have been manifest for quite some time.

Anonymous said...

Really excellent report and commentary.

Anonymous said...

Bruce Wilder:

You are certainly right to be appalled by dumbing down cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 military and defunding diplomacy. But, is this in any way, shape or form a new story? It seems like an established pattern of practice at least 15 years in duration....

[ I agree completely. ]

rosserjb@jmu.edu said...

Yes, it has been going on for some time, although some might argue that it may have been going on for much longer than that. I mean cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Vietnam War was not run nearly as intelligently as say WW II. Anyway, this latest development certainly indicates cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 phenomenon reaching some new critical point of seriousness, especially given cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 spate of resignations it has apparently triggered.

Anonymous said...

The invasion of Iraq appears to me to have begun an especially myopic time in military terms, a time we are still passing through. What thoughtful officer could directly work for Bush-Cheney or Trump?

Alan G Isaac said...

Which commandant? (NWC or ES?)

rosserjb@jmu.edu said...

Alan,

I do not know. I was not told names and did not ask, but cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 change was very recent.