Alchemical Thoughts

Some items on college affordability, and some thoughts.

Posted on: October 3, 2008

I have seen a few items discussing the college affordability is a problem. I have also seen items about how the quality of a college education may be declining, and a favorite of mine, schools investing in everything but educating the students per se. I have been wanting to write about this for a while, but as often happens, I am running out of time and need to do other things. Thus I am making some notes here in the old scratch pad. The bottom line is this: quality may be declining. The costs keep going up, making access to higher education harder for people who need an education. Legislatures don't seem to give a damn about this (unless the politicians are posturing for their constituents), and the schools simply pay more attention to their athletics and campus beautification projects more since those do bring in the money.

A sampling of the articles I have looked at:

This is not a topic that will go away anytime soon. Add to it the fact that a lot of families simply cannot afford to save for college (or save for anything for that matter), a bad economy (mostly screwed up by greedy Wall Street folks who just got a bailout handed to them while the working people are still suffering), etc., and the educational slump will simply continue. Because heaven forbid the government maybe considers investing in education and making college more affordable so people could get an education, get better jobs with better pay, who would then pay taxes and be productive. That would actually make sense. 

 

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