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In this Oct. 3, 2008 file photo, former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory responds to questions at a luncheon in Raleigh, N.C. Three years ago McCrory was battling with Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue over who would become North Carolina\u0092s next governor. Perdue narrowly defeated McCrory. Today, McCrory is no longer mayor, but he\u0092s gearing up for an all-but-certain repeat gubernatorial bid and likely rematch with the incumbent Perdue. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Gerry Broome

In this Oct. 3, 2008 file photo, former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory responds to questions at a luncheon in Raleigh, N.C. Three years ago McCrory was battling with Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue over who would become North Carolina\u0092s next governor. Perdue narrowly defeated McCrory. Today, McCrory is no longer mayor, but he\u0092s gearing up for an all-but-certain repeat gubernatorial bid and likely rematch with the incumbent Perdue. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Editorial: Talk show offers lesson

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It just may be that Gov. McCrory learned a lesson himself this past week when he opined large and loud about how a liberal arts education is not all it’s cracked up to be. Sometimes a good public thrashing is the best education of all.

The governor, clearly feeling his newly inaugurated oats, got into something of a “bash the ivy-covered walls” talk-fest on national radio with conservative host and former education secretary Bill Bennett, saying among other things how elitists in higher education have created a curriculum that does not lead to jobs — a situation he believes is broken and that he’s the man to fix it.

With Bennett facilitating the ranting, the governor said his plan was to change the way the state’s university system is funded so that it was geared toward careers more than academics. He went on to say he was having legislation drafted that would award funding to universities and community colleges “not based on butts in seats but on how many of those butts can get jobs.”

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Well,why did YOU go to college?......

I know for a certainty that I entered college for the express purpose of becoming more employable. That was about 50 years ago. I don't think the fundamentals of that decision have changed a bit. Nitpick our Governor's comments if you like but that is what he was saying.

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