Thursday, November 12, 2015

Ok, here's the deal

College students are now advocating for tuition-free education.

Fine. Just find a whole bunch of professors, instructors, and administrators who are willing to work for nothing. Or for the same $15/hour wage that cafeteria workers are supposed to get (in the latter case, I guess you could pay them all with Department of Education scrip, good for purchases at school stores and eateries only).

Of course, the fee structure at universities is, in reality, completely out of control, and the kids certainly aren't getting their (or their parents') money's worth. But I find that the demonstrators seem to be ominously silent on the question of the quality of education; it's mainly the absolute dollar cost that has them upset. Looking beyond their period of matriculation, how many students are seriously evaluating the link between college and their future financial independence? Even if tuition were free, how many more majors in political science, feminist literature and interdisciplinary gender history can our nation absorb?


rinardman said...

Organizers are demanding tuition-free public colleges, cancellation of all student debt and a $15-an-hour minimum wage for campus workers.

Demanding? So, what are the little darlings gonna do, if their demands aren't met? Does anyone feel like, that if we ignore them, it will be at our own peril? Yeah, my hand isn't going up, either.

There's a post on Twitchy with some of their student loan sob stories. An especially heart rending one was the woman who spent 280k to get a degree in "Chinese medicine", whatever that is. Someone pointed out for that much money, she could have actually gone to China, and got it from the horses mouth, so to speak.

RebeccaH said...

They are overaged children whose parents never explained to them how the real world works. Surprise, kiddies. Life is tough, but it's going to be a whole lot tougher for people like you.