Academia was never my main gig anyway, and now that I’ve retired I can come clean. I agree with Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, et al: College should be free.
Not, I hasten to add, that I agree with their “reasons” for wanting “free” college. Sanders, Lieawatha, etc. are socialists, and stupid (BIRM), so they don’t understand that nothing in this world is free and everything is worth what you pay for it. Rather, it’s because nothing in the world is free and everything is worth what you pay for it, that I want universal “free” college.
As it stands now, college is the biggest scam ever perpetrated on a public. If Bernie Madoff had done to Wall Street what Big U. has done to Main Street, the Morgan Stanley boys would’ve had him drawn and quartered in Times Square and broadcast it in place of the Super Bowl. I exaggerate only a little when I say today’s college kids are going $20K per annum in hock to drink beer at a sleepaway camp.
Putting college on the public tit would do two things, both excellent. First, we could finally stop pretending that a college degree has anything to do with job qualifications. Thanks to Griggs v. Duke Power, giving employees IQ tests directly is rayciss. Thus, employers turned to college, whose entrance requirement — the SAT — was, at the time, a decent stand-in for a good old fashioned IQ test. But the market responded to incentives, and since “college degree” became the new job requirement, the SAT dumbed itself down to make sure everyone could get into college. And since everyone got in, everyone had to graduate — the customer is always right (and “graduation percentage” figures into those ludicrous rankings they publish every year). “Free” college would thus become like “free” high school – since everyone gets the paper regardless, the paper is officially meaningless.
Second, the American public — ALL of it — could see what they’re paying for. Student loan default rates being what they are, we’re all paying for it anyway, and our taxes are going to go up. Most of the people in my flyover state are blissfully ignorant of what’s actually taught at Flyover State. Since they all work with their hands (or something similarly icky) and never went to college themselves, the parents figure their kids are doing….something… intellectual…. among ivy covered walkways and in book-lined offices. They figure “intersectionality,” “critical race theory,” and the like are the stuff they do at other schools, the hoity-toity East Coast ones, and not — as they are in reality — the very stuff of Humanities 101. Your English Literature class might have the words “English” and “Literature” in the title, but the content is all rap lyrics and Aztec war chants. That your precious Suzy Snowflake doesn’t come home with blue hair and a nose ring has everything to do with missed opportunities in the hookup culture, and nothing to do with what’s going on in the classroom.
Parents need to know this, and with “free” college, they will.Loading Likes...