This is the biggest part of Academia that needs fixed. Academia has locked itself into it's own little cosmos, with hardly any relevance to anyone outside of it (except students). Nothing near the ideal about which Plato had written.
There are three connecting points or bridges that Academia should have, two of which are like frail little limbs on a retarded child: *public sector,
- k-12 education, and
- the surrounding culture.
It appears most all of you academics have been consumed by the two enemies on the Path. Your only hope might be to leave academia and start getting connected to your world.
In any case, Community Stewardship is a contradiction from being an independent scholar to being a responsible one. Get in touch. There are those, among which is myself, feeling the failure of it right now.