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Education: The Long Term and the Short Cuts

There is an editorial in my paper today about higher ed, and length and cost and certifiability of same.  The premise of this one seems to be protecting the local brand, or something, but it just stirred up a lot of unrest in my soul over the whole ‘achievement’, ‘excellence’, ‘qualifications’ themes, as well as  freedom and pursuit of enterprise, endeavor, knowledge, skill and the whole ball of wax.

As I said, this seems to be a NIMBY opinion piece, arguing against federal meddling when in almost every other instance, everthing ‘federal’ is glorious.  But they seem to be taking the side of the current meme that higher ed is too expensive, and ought to be cheapened and shortened, and the skids greased to keep sliding the youths out into the world supposedly prepared to do……something….somewhere.

Reduce the credit hours requirement so kids can graduate in less time and at less cost? Why all of a sudden are those  one or two courses  not necessary, if they have  been necessary for a hundred years?  And is it just not necessary for basketweaving and Bachelor of Insurance Sales?  Maybe Political Science ought to require an extra class or two, instead of getting ready to decide the course of the country on the cheap.  Start cutting corners in Pre-Med?  (Oh, yeah, some of us saw that coming with Obamacare, didn’t we?)  One size fits all, even among ‘ universities’?  What part of “university” do I not get anymore?  And if this diploma is as valuable as everyone says it is, in today’s dollars, why quibble over ten grand spread out over four years?

I am not an educator and just barely a college graduate, and that a long, long time ago.  And I hold no brief for colleges or universities or vocational schools or any of that.  What I don’t understand is the Institutions of Higher Learning, of Thought and Preparation and Research and Inquiry, constantly lowering themselves to the discourse of the street, be it the political street or the pop- cultural street or the  Basest Economics Street,  whatever.  To my mind, this is just another example of something becoming a “vast wasteland”, as Newton Minnow once said of Television.

Of course colleges and universities, even  state colleges and universities, long ago came under the spell of the New World Order – the Socialist Modernism Here , Now and Forevermore model.  And their Schools of Education starting rolling their balls downhill to the high schools and elementaries, which of course is why Johnny can’t read.  Where goeth pride?  Dignity? Intellectual curiosity? Knowledge?  The coveted A-minus? Why the push to make something that all the know-it-alls say is so valuable…..cheap?

Speaking of high schools.  it seems the trend in lower ed is just the opposite.  The President and/or the NEA wants to keep kids in school up through their prime reproductive years, 18-21, until they have completely mastered both quantum physics and Environmental Guardianship.  Not only that, they want to actually begin the process at weaning/potty training time. Meaning, if we understand all this, that a vast sea of  kids will spend their entire childhood, formative and reproductive years in institutions of what used to be, back in the day when we were capable of putting men on the moon, conquering disease, building transistors and winning wars, lower education. On the other hand, in just three
short years and 120 credit hours, the ones  that are supposed to become degreed roboticists, or brain surgeons, or something, will matriculate into the supposedly  high-paying world of commerce and professional societies.  Maybe they will cut down on the partying and extra-curricular activities and do us all proud – who knows?
Maybe that’s the point of it right there –  robots – I don’t know.  All I know is I just keep hearing and reading gibberish and nonsense about ‘education’ over and over again, and finding out that Indiana public schools, which quit teaching arithmetic forty years ago,  are now going to quit teaching children how to write.  For God’s sake – even cave men knew how to write!  If you’re not going to teach kids how to count, then go extra light on the reading thing, and now not teach them how to write, then why are you keeping them in school for 20-25 years?  And what’s the going rate on lower ed these days?  I hear a figure of 7-8,000 dolllars/year/student bandied about a lot…in the meanest of schools.   For 20 years?? And everybody’s up in arms about the cost of college?
One size doesn’t fit all, whether it’s among colleges or universities, among regions, countries or states, sometimes within states.  It doesn’t fit all even in high schools – hasn’t for fifty years  So probably what State Education Boards need to do is to grow up and start acting like adults and spend more time thinking about the needs of their individual states and quit looking to politicians in Washington, DC for guidance.  Let’s let the basket-weaving professionals tell us how many credit hours Little Johnny needs for that profession and let’s make sure Little Susie knows precisely where the medullah oblongatta is before we let her go in and start cutting on it.
Oh, shoot!  Forgot the cost.  Well, in a perfect world, the need (read “market”) would dictate that.   And the “marketplace” is sooo yesterday.   Scrap all the above and revert back to Plan A.  We can’t do it without the feds.
bobmontgomery
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  1. The schools need to shape up and think right. Frex, reading is something that 90% of students can teach themselves. Just give them the basic tools to work with, that being phonics, and they will be able to sound out words and finally understand them. Some kids learn on their own by age 4, and others wait until they are 9 to pick it up. But they’re all roughly equivalent by the time they are 10.

    • Reminds me of the recent report that Head Start makes absolutely no difference whatsoever, but the Republicans continue to not make waves about it for fear of being labelled …..mean-spirited. So the tykes are thrown together at an early age in an ….institution. And everyone wonders why they are ….institutionalized!

  2. Once again Bob, you rock! Lets cut off all federal support for education, no more grants, no more federally guaranteed loans, make it on your own. Or don’t, doesn’t matter either way. Do that and watch what happens to socialist professors annual pay. Once college becomes affordable everyone will be able to attend, on their own abilities, not the largess of the taxpayers. Once everyone is able to afford a University education they will decide which schools remain open by paying the tuition to attend. As it is the federal gov’t decides by the way they distribute the loans and tax money. The consumer should decide, the free market should be the final arbiter.

  3. The reason that the economy is in the tank is because, as I mentioned above, they quit teaching arithmetic forty years ago. Nobody knows how to count, add, subtract. Have you noticed how CBO, OMB,Treasury, the Fed, et al continually revise the GDP, the Consumer Confidence stats, the money supply, the number of years until S.S. and Medicare will go broke, the Prime Rate, the deficit and all the rest? It’s because they can’t count. Business and industry, which used to use figures to chart the way forward, can’t trust the figures anymore, from any source, even from the Wharton School, the IRS or, of late, Wall Street. There is no expertise. There cannot be expertise until the rudiments are mastered.

  1. The schools need to shape up and think right. Frex, reading is something that 90% of students can teach themselves. Just give them the basic tools to work with, that being phonics, and they will be able to sound out words and finally understand them. Some kids learn on their own by age 4, and others wait until they are 9 to pick it up. But they’re all roughly equivalent by the time they are 10.

    • Reminds me of the recent report that Head Start makes absolutely no difference whatsoever, but the Republicans continue to not make waves about it for fear of being labelled …..mean-spirited. So the tykes are thrown together at an early age in an ….institution. And everyone wonders why they are ….institutionalized!

  2. Once again Bob, you rock! Lets cut off all federal support for education, no more grants, no more federally guaranteed loans, make it on your own. Or don’t, doesn’t matter either way. Do that and watch what happens to socialist professors annual pay. Once college becomes affordable everyone will be able to attend, on their own abilities, not the largess of the taxpayers. Once everyone is able to afford a University education they will decide which schools remain open by paying the tuition to attend. As it is the federal gov’t decides by the way they distribute the loans and tax money. The consumer should decide, the free market should be the final arbiter.

  3. The reason that the economy is in the tank is because, as I mentioned above, they quit teaching arithmetic forty years ago. Nobody knows how to count, add, subtract. Have you noticed how CBO, OMB,Treasury, the Fed, et al continually revise the GDP, the Consumer Confidence stats, the money supply, the number of years until S.S. and Medicare will go broke, the Prime Rate, the deficit and all the rest? It’s because they can’t count. Business and industry, which used to use figures to chart the way forward, can’t trust the figures anymore, from any source, even from the Wharton School, the IRS or, of late, Wall Street. There is no expertise. There cannot be expertise until the rudiments are mastered.

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