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US Department of Education blows some more money

It’s only $65,000 (for now), a tiny drop in the barrel, but still it’s money

the federal government has no business ladling out. I’m talking about a

federal grant for a wine program at Appalachian State University. Story here.

Just because some wine is produced in western North Carolina, why is it

necessary that a state university nearby must have a wine program?

Apparently, NC wine producers have somehow managed to find the knowledgeable

people it needs up until now by hiring them or simply training them.  The

notion that universities need to train people in the making of wine feeds

the credential inflation beast.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.


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