State Sen. Duey Stroebel, R-Cedarburg, recently proposed that the University of Wisconsin System should expand its engineering programs to train more students for jobs at Foxconn.
He argued the cost for such an endeavor could be covered by "cutting funding for less popular programs." Of course, any suggestion for practical ways to address Wisconsin's economic needs -- particularly from a state legislator -- is bound to be met by horrified yelps from the potentates who rule UW.
Sen. Stroebel did not specify which programs ought to be cut in order to expand engineering courses. Here's my suggestion: eliminate any program with the word "studies" in its title: as in African American Studies, Gender Studies, Women's Studies, Queer Studies, or Latino/a Studies.
These programs exist solely to placate aggrieved minorities and offer courses ranging from the frivolous (the history of hip-hop) to the offensive ("The Problem of Whiteness"), which won't help a recent graduate looking for a decent job. These bogus "disciplines" have proliferated to the point where they constitute a sizable portion of course offerings at UW-Madison. Administrators are constantly bleating about their allegiance to the Wisconsin Idea, here's a chance for them to put their money where their mouth is.
Gary L. Kriewald, Madison