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Minnesota’s two-term governor Tim Pawlenty challenged the status quo of higher education when he appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Thursday night. He talked about the role of the government and how we educate our students at the post-secondary level but the overall message was about efficiency.

“Do you really think in 20 years somebody is going to put on their backpack … haul their keester across campus, and sit and listen to some boring person drone on about econ 101…?” asked Gov. Pawlenty. The segment in which he discussed education can be seen here.

If it seemed unusual for a governor to be on a national television program touting alternative methods of higher education, his timing was perfect.

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