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Synonyms for ivory-tower

incapable of dealing efficiently with practical matters


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This smacks of academic elitism, like that of the pre-Marxist French philosopher Saint-Simon, who wanted a parliament of experts to direct society.
As the very concept of university becomes devalued by the increasing number of institutions laying claim to that title, and the corresponding proliferation of low challenge degree courses, it is good to see the flag being waved for academic elitism.
That smacks of academic elitism. Another common comment is: "The public need to know that a nurse is someone who has a degree".
The debate is rooted in academic elitism as exemplified by the very existence of public and private higher education.
A glass ceiling exists for up and coming Native academics and teachers, a ceiling caused by union protocol and rules, an old-boys club mentality, "promotion from within, first" conventions, and academic elitism. This results in a lack of important First Nations role models at the postsecondary level, a lack of understanding regarding First Nations issues and protocol often bordering on the reprehensible, a lack of cultural sensitivity, and a closed-off ivory tower that is virtually unassailable to qualified First Nations people who could make a tremendous difference with their great knowledge and experiences.
The comments of B Ghosh (FM, November 2001) carry overtones of academic elitism that I would never wish to see fostered by our institute.
His blistering critique blamed misguided curricula, rock music, television, and academic elitism for the spiritual impoverishment of students.
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