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Elon Musks University: Bursting the Acedemic Bubble

Hey there, folks! Jesse's here, and let me tell you, the academic world is in for a wild ride. Strap in as we explore Elon Musk's grand plan to shake up higher education and burst the academic bubble like a pro wrestler smashing a folding chair.

So, we've got this whole controversy brewing about antisemitism on campus, resulting in university presidents dropping like flies. Liz Magill, President of the University of Pennsylvania, took the early exit, and Claudine Gay, President of Harvard, is feeling the heat. But wait for it, because the man of the hour, Elon Musk, is about to drop a bombshell. Get ready for the Musk University experience, coming soon to Austin, Texas!

Elon's got a Musk charity called "The Foundation," and they're not messing around. They've lined up a cool $100 million to kickstart a "STEM-focused primary and secondary school" that's aiming to go all the way to higher education. Houston, we have a disruptor!

Now, Elon hasn't spilled all the beans about his university plans, but one thing's clear: he's on a mission to give academia a run for its money. He's making moves in Austin, where he's already shifted Tesla's HQ. But this isn't just about building a town around his companies; it's about shaking up the ivory tower like a snow globe in an earthquake.

This week, Elon gave a nod to fellow tech lord Marc Andreessen, who shared a list of "Ten books for understanding The Bonfire Of The Universities." That's right, folks, they're tossing gasoline on the academic bonfire, and it's about to get lit!

Back in 2017, I argued that we needed new foundations dedicated to academic rigor because universities were turning into leftist madrassas. And so far, the attempts to challenge the academic status quo have been hit or miss. Peter Thiel's idea is to pay promising young minds not to go to college, while Prager University (spoiler alert: it's not a real university) offers some alternative perspectives.

Let's not forget the infamous Trump University, which had a shorter lifespan than a mayfly. Over in Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis is doing the top-down reform tango with the state's university system.

But wait, there's hope on the horizon! The University of Austin (UATX) may not be Elon's brainchild, but it seems to share a similar goal. They're all about "fearlessly pursuing the truth" and "championing academic freedom." That's music to our ears!

Now, here's the deal: if we want these new counter-cultural universities to be more than just a woke academia opposition party, they need to tackle the bigger problems. Today's higher education isn't just drowning in wokeness; it's become a financial black hole. Students pay exorbitant fees for inflated grades and degrees that are about as useful as a screen door on a submarine.

If Elon Musk truly wants to disrupt this circus, he needs to do more than kick out the ideologue bureaucrats. He should trim all the fat and offer an education that doesn't break the bank. Picture this: students working part-time in Musk's enterprises, getting a real-world education while keeping their wallets happy.

So, there you have it, folks! Elon Musk's university could be the needle that pops the academic bubble. Get ready for a new era of learning, where academic freedom and real-world experience go hand in hand. The academic world won't know what hit it!

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