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Left Turn
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posted 09 January 2007 11:48 AM      Profile for Left Turn     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
As part of the Library Technician program I'm taking, we have to take a business course. We had four courses we could choose from, and I picked the Intro to Canadian Business course because it fit into my swchedule the best.

Anyhoo, the prof starts off the first lecture with this following rant:

"If this were 10 years ago, we would be talking about how the BC economy is in the doldrums because of the overregulation of the BC NDP government".

Made me just about want to puke. If I didn't have to take this course, I wouldn't go near it with a ten foot pole.

I'm thinking that this kind of thing is a fairly common occurrence in business courses, given the kinds of people who would teach business courses. It amounts to nothing more than neo-liberal propaganda. I realize that the whole point of business education is to prepare students for a business environment where this kind of attitude leads to success. But holy crap. What is our education system doing to the people who take these business progams? Are we creating a bunch of brainwashed business school graduates who swallow the capitalist neo-liberal propaganda without giving it a second thought?

[ 09 January 2007: Message edited by: Left Turn ]


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Cueball
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posted 09 January 2007 11:49 AM      Profile for Cueball   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Getting your MBA is merely joining the party youth organization.
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Le Téléspectateur
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posted 29 January 2007 12:32 PM      Profile for Le Téléspectateur     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The Trent University business program offers a more critical perspective of business. Or so I hear.

I know a couple of the profs in the program and they are some of the best teachers at the university.

There is a lot of research by faculty into "green business", social responsibility and other progresivish things.

I've even heard stories of business students reading Marx in classes.

That being said, business students still wear suits to class and stuff, kinda creeps me out.


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Doug
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posted 29 January 2007 06:10 PM      Profile for Doug   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I've kind of flirted with the idea of becoming a socialist with an MBA. It's just too bad it's so expensive.
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unionist
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posted 29 January 2007 06:13 PM      Profile for unionist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Doug:
I've kind of flirted with the idea of becoming a socialist with an MBA. It's just too bad it's so expensive.

Move to Montréal. It's cheaper to become a socialist here.


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N.Beltov
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posted 29 January 2007 08:38 PM      Profile for N.Beltov   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Labour Studies programs examine some of the same subject matter as the pro-business propaganda of the Commerce Faculties and the like. It's quite instructive to compare these sorts of programs, look at how well-financed pro-business propaganda is (compared to the few, small Labour programs), and realize that the most brainwashed people are some of the "best" educated.
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Fidel
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posted 01 March 2008 06:18 AM      Profile for Fidel     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well sometimes there's a first for everyone, and I'm going to heap praise on Liberal senator Elizabeth Hubley. Elizabeth is calling for the elimination of post-secondary tuition fees. However, the senate still needs abolishing regardless of Liberal Liz' excellent attempt to jumpstart this debate in Ottawa.

eta: So here's to hoping we can start a thread on this narrowly focussed sub-topic regarding PSE sometime soon.

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adam stratton
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posted 02 March 2008 01:05 AM      Profile for adam stratton        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Elizabeth is calling for the elimination of post-secondary tuition fees. However, the senate still needs abolishing regardless of Liberal Liz' excellent attempt to jumpstart this debate in Ottawa. -Fidel

She couldn't even bribe you with that ? You are mean Fidel!

Seriously, I believe that what we are experiencing now in terms of increased capitalist greed, outrageous widening of the gap between have and have not, the ever fading sense of corporate ethic is partly caused by the capitalists' foot soldiers, the brain-washed MBA crops. Apparently the first Canadian MBA program in Canada was in 1948. We are reaping the result.

Welfare economics is still a marginalized discipline and the prospects that it would ever be mainstreamed is getting dimmer and dimmer.

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robbie_dee
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posted 02 March 2008 08:16 AM      Profile for robbie_dee     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Doug:
I've kind of flirted with the idea of becoming a socialist with an MBA.

You might consider starting out by doing some reading in the field of Critical Management Studies.

Although I am not especially familiar with the field, this appears to me to be an attempt to apply a more left-wing perspective to traditional business school studies.


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