This is a conversation from the forum on an article about republican presidential candidates not understanding economics. The issue in this conversation, as you'll read below, is separate from that of the article, and I was shocked by the statements made there.
Random Commenter: "this advice is brought to us by a guy that is in the classroom 6 hours a week and has no concept of life in the real world, as do few academics. for the most part, professors are extreme left leaning out of touch people living in an insulated world."
Random Commenter 2(Me)"I'm pretty sure you're out of touch with academics"
Random Commenter "khan, he does what other academics do, NOTHING of value. they write articles to be published in academic journals telling others like himself how wonderful he is and his ideas are. they live in a void, their "models" are just that. garbage in garbage out. btw kevin, i am very close to several academics, i know from what i speak."
Random Commenter 2(Me) "Clearly you do not. Many of them are teaching at universities while pursuing research, teaching is just an effective way of paying the bills. I would love to know who you consider to be an academic, the academics I know, who are currently teaching at U's or formerly were, are passionate about their subjects and are actively, or had been actively pursuing research. Scholarly peer reviewed journal articles represent the presentation of that work, and your portrayal of them as some kind of self aggrandizing publicity statement is so ridiculous I have to assume you've never read one."
This is the first time I've ever met with this type of criticism where our academics are concerned. Is this a common sentiment? Do people actually believe that academics provide nothing of value, do they really believe these professors are prima donna's? I realize that this entire post is full of sweeping generalizations. Certainly there are a few bad eggs in the academic community. However, the peer review process, I feel, usually weeds them out. If you're not publishing something of value, then you're not publishing, and at many schools, if you aren't publishing then you aren't teaching.