Skip to comments.Why French Scholars Love U.S. Colleges
Posted on 11/29/2010 11:02:49 AM PST by La Lydia
A recent article in The Times described the fears in France of a brain drain to the United States, as top French scholars move to American universities to teach and do research. A study by the Institut Montaigne found that academics constitute a much larger percentage of French émigrés to the United States today than 30 years ago..Why would France's leading scholars and researchers want to leave a place that reveres intellectuals? More money, more freedom, more competitive energy -- what really drives the global academic marketplace?
Brain drains to U.S. universities are nothing new. The globalization of universities means there is intellectual motion in many directions, most recently toward China.
Even the French have been coming for a long time: Michel Foucault was likely infected with AIDS in San Franciscos bathhouses during his stints at U.C. Berkeley in the 80's. Jacques Derrida, obscurantist philosopher of post-structuralism, pontificated at U.C. Irvine for years before his death, Olivier Zunz has been firmly ensconced at Virginia for decades...
But it is not just a question of brain drain, in whatever direction a kind of great sucking noise emitted by the chattering classes. What is going on here is the increasing globalization of the universities...the university world too has developed to the point where the nationalist and protectionist instincts of yore have broken down. Above all, the rise of English as the lingua franca -- in both research and teaching -- means that scholars can go anywhere...
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
...if the French know so much, why are they losing their country to Islam?
If the French know so much, why are they collapsing under the weight of their own welfare state?
L’homme de france scent mal, n’il pas?
The “scholars” being sent here are Islamic. Win-win for the French.
French intellectuals are all radical leftists who are interested in the “deconstruction” of language, history, tradition, values, family, and culture. So, now that they have succeeded in destroying the culture of France, they must move on, like locusts to devour the next green field.
That would be us.
Any one that values intellect should shun intellectuals.
....Americans academics are such fools to suck up to French intellectuals...they come from a nation of lovers and cry babies.
“French intellectuals are all radical leftists who are interested in the deconstruction of language, history, tradition, values, family, and culture. So, now that they have succeeded in destroying the culture of France, they must move on, like locusts to devour the next green field.
That would be us.”
Exactly. Just what we need here are MORE followers of Derrida, Foucault,et. al.
Send them back with a “no, thanks” letter.
Their intellectual heritage is Marx to Hegel to Kant and Leibnitz. The German Idealists are idiots. They gave us Nazism AND Communism and are repsonsible for the murder of millions of innocent people all over the world.
Yet we import their French children. DISGUSTING.