Academic Tournament—All People Can Learn Something New
I’d like to see a big televised tournament where America’s top 64 history, literature, and art professors are bracketed against each other in a competition.
(Above–An illustration of academic gowns worn at Princeton University in 1902. Maybe professors in this tournament could wear gowns such as these as a type of uniform.)
Each professor would give a lecture that would scored by an attentive public.
The best professors would advance to a Final Four that would take place in a giant sold out stadium.
A selection committee would make sure that professors from small colleges across the nation would be also be considered for the tournament.
Imagine the bracket-busting excitement when, for example, an unkown academic at the Quaker school Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana surprised a heavy hitter from Yale.
(Above–Carpenter Hall at Earlham College.)
Tickets would be so valued that people would pay thousands for them on Stub Hub.
Millions would watch this Final Four on TV.
There could also be another televised competition for college teaching assistants, high school teachers, and teachers at every level of education.
The best teachers would move on to the next round.
In each category, the best of the best would be eligible be move onto a global event that would be held in a large global city every four years.
Television networks all over the world would bid hundreds of millions of dollars for the broadcast rights to this academic Olympiad.
(Above—Professors in lecture halls across the nation would prepare for the big event.)
As for that March Madness basketball tournament now taking place—More power to you if you enjoy watching the games.
People work hard and they need to relax. I follow the baseball season closely.
Just please also consider starting a new book, picking up again one you never finished, or learning about a new subject.
There is no subject so complex that the average person can not learn something useful about it.
No collge education is required to learn about our world. It is only your effort that is required.
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