To Midwest Mom:You are still fighting the last war - the election.
This isn't about republicans or democrats, it's about reigning in
student debt, a $1 trillion dollar problem now. The dems were AT LEAST as
culpable for giving away student loans without any Hows (How will they repay
it), whys (why loan money to students for degrees that won't lead to a job
that will enable them to repay it), wherefores (what reason is there possibly
for all the higher ed subsidies without some controls on how the funds are used.
Most has ended up as professor salaries/benefits and fancy new buildings and
has done little to make education better or more affordable. Education
inflation has outpaced the CPI for 25+ years in SPITE of the subsidies!).I get mid-west politics. I lived there for years. The education
establishments has talked taxpayers into funding much higher than average wage
and benefit packages for education workers - largely govt employee unions - than
is justified by economic or market realities. We have the opposite problem in
the west: too little funding for education.But I applaud any effort
to see how we can make education more efficient and affordable.
Midwest MomSoldiers Grove, WI"Republicans are very good at
coming up with utopian ideas without producing the hows, whys and
wherefores"Did I read that correctly? Republicans? Unlike, oh,
Barney Frank and 'housing is a right', and Obama's
'healthcare is a right', etc. Talk about utopian ideas without
producing the hows, whys, and wherefores. And if you don't understand
Barney's role in the housing crisis, you need to do a little homework.
Republicans are very good at coming up with utopian ideas without producing the
hows, whys and wherefores. Whether it's dong the work to produce
legitimate research or the cost to make things happen, this will be yet another
unfunded "war." Sounds more like a segue to introduce more for-profit
diploma mills.This isn't about making higher education more
affordable, it's about trying to skimp on essentials.
I like the concept. Get professors teaching more classes, tighten belts,
streamline programs. I'm not sure why a college education at a state
university needs to be $50,000 or more. Put the bar at 10K and MAKE the
colleges figure how to make it work.
So ... degrees in nothing, leading to nothing jobs.