To the Editor:
The recent debate about hiring a new football coach for Rutgers University deserves another point of critique.
I reviewed Rutgers’ motto and mission statement. I found nothing that directly relates to higher education.
Their mission statement comes a bit close when it says “teach high standards of excellence.” How does that idea fit with giving a petulant, spoiled brat such an outrageous monetary contract?
If excellence is to be achieved, how about spending millions on an education operations center? Offer U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy Smith and Nobel Prize in Literature winner Peter Handke a $4 million annual salary to join the faculty, as well as raise salaries of those who teach excellence.
How does the mission statement get advanced by sinking multimillions into a non-education line item? The lesson seems to be "sink millions into sports as entertainment." No teaching there.