Academics are some of the smartest minds in the world. So why are they making themselves irrelevant?
SOME of the smartest thinkers on problems at home and around the world are university professors, but most of them just don’t matter in today’s great debates.
The most stinging dismissal of a point is to say: “That’s academic.” In other words, to be a scholar is, often, to be irrelevant. (...) - by Nicholas Kristof, Feb 15, 2014