Only the truly ignorant villify education and those who sacrifice to provide it.
Salaries in Higher Ed are still barely half what they are in industry for
equivalent credentials and experience.Biting the hand that feeds you
is unwise. Slapping the faces of those who enlighten you is just plain
stupid.My2Cents and DN Subscriber, please see me after class.
I teach a legislatively-mandated history course. I believe I have one of the
lowest cost-per-student ratios of any school in the state, and I'm working to
make it lower. I'm doing everything I'm supposed to do as a state employee, but
it seems like the more I make the course better and less expensive, the more
criticism we get. And NEVER any recognition. So what am I supposed to be doing
Republicans cutting higher education spending has two purposes:1) It
decreases the education, intelligence and knowledge of the voting base, and2) The lower the education, intelligence and knowledge of the individual
voter, the greater the likelihood that person votes Republican. The more one is
educated, the more likely that person will know when Republicans are lying to
them, whether it is about health care reform, or who built the deficit, or
whatever.Lower taxes, less spending and more votes for Republicans.
The costs of higher education have increased every year for decades at rates far
above inflation, or any increase in productivity.Academic elites
apparently think that they are immune from tight budget times, and are entitled
to increasingly huge amounts of public money every year.Then, in an
insult to our intelligence, they throw out the scare tactic of firing professors
and canceling needed courses. That's like a city threatening to lay off the
police and firefighters instead of layers of bureaucrats and shutting down
worthless patronage positions.Higher ed needs to make some big cuts
anyway, even more now that times are tight. Start by laying off half the
administration, and cutting the outrageous pay for sports coaches. Fire some of
the elderly faculty who are no longer actually teaching. No more overly fancy
building projects. And, for the University of Utah- quit wasting
money trying to avoid obeying the state's gun laws. They wasted several hundred
thousand dollars on that alone. It is not right to expect hard
working tax payers to shell out more to subsidize pampered liberal academic
Isn't that just like our legislature to reward (hold harmless) those causing the
problem (k-12) and punish those trying to fix the problem. No wonder we just
keep getting further and further behind.
It's unfortunate, but the future appears that we'll be sending out kids abroad
to get the kind of education they'll need to be competitive in the global
economy. I just read how China is investing significant resources to make their
universities world class and how many American universities are funneling their
best faculty to teach abroad for six-month stints -- a necessity to bring income
into the American institutions and provide faculty some extra income -- and the
classes are taught in English.Perhaps that's the model Utah parents
need to be thinking about for their children.
Intolerable and offensive attack on the taxpayers of Utah. How dare these
blowhard fraudulent whiners threaten the Utah tax payers. They should have 50%
of their funds cut off and make them say thank you for being so kind.I'm tired of higher educations taking tens of millionths of dollars every year
from our schools to pay their CEO board members and waste education funds on
greedy personal profiteering wealth.Our schools in Utah are not
producing educated individuals, they are teaching how to fail in business and
defraud taxpayers, how to profit from failures. Utah doesn't have higher
eduction, they have higher forms or fraud and waste. You never hear companies
say anything about the eduction level of Utah, its always the politicians
spouting those lines, not business. We Utahan's are bean sprouts and nothing
more than vegetables grown in the dark fed a bunch of lies and too blind to see
through the carnage business and education is doing to this country.
Profiteering is the goal of education, not giving any worth while and usable
education. Failure is the path of education, and if you don't believe it do a
Jay walk sometime.
If you are a high tech company thinking of locating or expanding in Utah and are
disapointed in Utah commitment to education and our educational prospects, you
may want to talk to our leaders. If they pay no heed remind them of why you
considered Utah as a desirable place to be in the first place (educated populace
with a good work ethic).If you are given the cold shoulder, politely
remind them that quality educated employees are the most valuable asset your
company has and that you can locate or expand anywhere in the world.
It's unfortunate that the Federal Government holds public lands in Utah
hostage.The bottom line is Utah can either live within it's Budget
or do like the Feds and California do and borrow against some future generation
to pay it back ..... with interest.