Sadly, competition and excellence in high school is limited to a small
proportion of high-achieving students. Rather than push students to excel, we
focus our energy on making sure stragglers don't fall too far behind, and
we slow the entire student body down to do it. That mentality has essentially
turned college into the new high school diploma - a minimum requirement for many
jobs that could be well-served by focused training (not a four-year degree).
That in turn means more people attending college who wouldn't, and a
bloated and increasing budget to sustain those masses.The amount
wasted on bloated salaries, too much administration and ridiculous research
doesn't help either.
Higher education tuition has risen almost twice the rate as healthcare costs
over past 30 years. It is a ridiculous shame that taxpayers have allowed
government officials to do this. Professors teach 1-2 classes per semester,
administration is bloated and there are far, far too many courses that help no
one prepare for the world ahead. There needs to be a monstrous change in our
thinking about higher education and we cannot allow the educators to do it.