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.