Teach the past or the future?

This comes from Mark Bauerlein, a professor at Emory writing at the Chronicle of Higher Education:

If we believe that the newspaper is a fundamental institution of civic engagement and a healthy democracy, colleges should envision the resurrection of newspaper reading as an element of their civic mission. Many colleges and universities have created civic engagement units of their own, and perhaps they should consider a subscription initiative for all entering students.

And this comes from Ben Williams, a student up the road writing at the Massachusetts Daily Collegian about the Boston Globe facing the grim reaper nose-to-nose:

The Globe’s being on the brink of failure is not a bad thing either; it is a necessary thing. Like the ghost of Christmas future, sometimes a cold, stony grave needs to be laid out before someone’s ways are changed.

Why don’t you two get together for coffee so the student can teach the teacher. Why should universities tie themselves to the past? Why should they go against the flow? They should listen to their students and see that they’re on the internet and help them find news there. But I doubt the students are the ones who need the help.