In science one question seldom is heard: “Where is the money?”
The philosopher Spinoza did refuse an official university job in Heidelberg, because he wanted to be independent.
Some say Hegel was a Prussian court philosopher and his philosophy was influenced by Prussian politics.
“Wiens brood men eet diens woord men spreekt”, “Whose bread one eats whose words one speaks” “Wes’ Brot ich ess, des’ Lied ich sing.”, “He who pays the piper calls the tune.”
Kent Anderson writes about fraud in science. Stephen Downes is commenting on this discussion. It could be the question “Where is the money?” is relevant for this discussion. (K.A. adds a nice picture to his blog)
In education the same question could be helpful.
Discussions about education often reflect business interests, and are not always of a total independent nature. Educational consultants and firms want to be heard and want to build an image. It is hard to see what is PR and what is a free and open discussion.
Is it important to teach The Question?