Published: Thursday, April 3 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
Once again, the root of this problem is our government. They guaranteed loans
to students and thus ensured a never-ending and ever growing supply of money to
colleges. Our colleges in turn have gone on massive building sprees, throwing
up Taj Mahals of learning, filled with unnecessarily expensive modern
technology. Professors are getting tenured eariler and more easily, and useless
majors which offer no guarantee of employment are being offered all over the
country. Right here in Utah goverment loans are used to pay $15000 for a one
year course in hair cutting or massage therapy. That's close to what I
paid for graduate school tuition, for a degree that guaranteed me a robust six
figure income. Trim away the false government money and the system will once
again become dependent on free market economics. If the program benefits
don't clearly outweigh the cost, nobody will buy it. Right now the upfront
"free" money doesn't allow people to see the real cost and lack of
Wow, I guess that gratitude for ya.
As long as the government keeps throwing money at higher ed. they'll keep
asking for more. Thats' how addicts are.Isn't it about
time we realize that colleges are a business and quit subsidizing them?
College has well outpaced inflation. Something is wrong when college is 6 times
more expensive and wages haven't gone up 6 times. How many year must a
student work to pay off such a debt. A person making minimum wage not spending a
dime on gas, car insurance, medical insurance working 20 hours a week after
withholding makes $6,000 a year. State schools are barely affordable.
Something is wrong with college education: government that refuses to fund it
properly. Here in WA in the past year, the pols managed to pass a big tax break
for Boeing in a special legislative session. But full funding of education as
has now been ordered twice by the state supreme court? Nope.Not
that institutions of higher learning are perfect with prioritizing their money.
Their focus in my view seems to be bigger stadiums and fancier dorms - but not
actual learning or matching enrollment and degree programs with the skills
needed by society.
I am sure the parents are happy for her. I hope the boyfriend is worth it.Now, go have a good life.
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