This country has gone crazytown in so many, and too many ways.
Why is college so expensive? Well, subsidize anything like we have a college education in this country and the price of that thing will rise. It’s not complicated and nothing’s “free.”
Hope you like your roommate.
Look, even many of the people who voted for Trump have some beefs with Trump. I hear from these folks regularly. But the reaction from some other folks, particularly those who appear to be receptive to the politically correct societal critique, those who thought our society was going to be defined by the sociology departments of this country, to Trump has been off the charts.
I was listening to NPR yesterday and the endless complaining about Trump was remarkable.
If you’ve got the cash, we’ve got the admission. And this sort of practice isn’t restricted to Chinese students.
If this is really true it is an amazing statistic that explains at least some of the special form of myopic insanity we see around issue of race in this country. To repeat, these are COLLEGE students, the supposed educated, or at least somewhat informed.
Slavery is a horrible, dehumanizing, brutal institution that should never ever be tolerated. And yet, it is in fact tolerated all around the world even today. Millions of people live in slavery right at this very moment.
In many ways Portlandia is the most libertarian (not all the time, but often), most subversive show (at least that I know of)* on TV. They diagnose the problem we see on too many college campuses brilliantly here.
Many of our kids have been taught to seek safety and to avoid risk. That failure is utterly shameful. That being pushed out of one’s comfort zone isn’t a way to inner growth and grander vistas but something which must be mitigated whenever possible.
Independent thinkers are a liability. Compliant cogs keep the machine going.
FREE SPEECH. FREE SPEECH. A MILLION TIMES FREE SPEECH.
That is a pretty significant stat. It certainly does not indicate upward mobility for today’s youth.
It also indicates how completely out of whack our crony system of student debt is. The colleges love it. The students well, they aren’t able to pay the money they were loaned back. So they don’t love it so much.
Now, these statistics do not mean that taxpayers will need to pick up the tab for 46 percent of the outstanding student loan balance,
University of Missouri journalism professor telling student journalists to get out of her “safe space.”
People often talk about institutionalized racism, which is a real thing. It is a fact that the state enforced segregation. It is a fact that the government was used for a very long time to keep blacks and whites separate. Jim Crow doesn’t happen without big and intrusive government. Racism was institutionalized, codified, the law of the land. Racism was supported by the state. Cops,
Recently Penguin Publishing did the same thing and the “no college required” trend is a trend which is picking up steam in the working world. It’s about time. There are many qualified candidates out there who are marginalized simply because they lack a college degree.
As we’ve said before, college can hold much value. It was valuable for me that is for sure. However, the cult of college has long been out of control. Many many people who go to college these days shouldn’t really be there.
There is reality, and there is college “reality.” In college, even if one’s parents aren’t footing the bill there is at least some perceived suspension of consequence. It is this suspension which keeps sociology departments alive. Sure, sure, a degree in urban relational studies is worth $100,000. The people who say that it isn’t just don’t get it man.
Of course I didn’t get a degree in molecular engineering or anything. Mine is in political science which is only a couple notches up from theater arts on the practicality scale.
I think college has quite a lot of value for many people. It certainly was valuable for me. (In oh so many ways.) But college costs, driven by easy money from the government, have gotten out of hand. The value per dollar at many institutions is not as attractive as it once was. We now have a generation of middle class kids saddled by debt. They start life with what are essentially mortgages hanging around their necks, and they don’t even have a roof of their own to sleep under for the “mortgage.”
The economic world in which some of our leaders live.
Many people in politics are fond of saying that “education” is the answer. More people need to go to college. This will solve society’s problems. Everyone must have a sheepskin. What is never said by these politicians clamoring for more college for everyone, for increased money for student loans etc., is that their campaigns are often funded by people at colleges and universities. Barack Obama’s biggest contributor, even bigger than Goldman Sachs (which was number 2) was the California state college system in 2008.