I’m shocked! You mean kids don’t learn as well in front of a little screen? Yet all we here from the left is “stay home, stay safe”. The country’s response to Covid is a complete disgrace.
This is not news with the left-wing indoctrination, the soaring costs, the pay-to-play scams. I have written about it many times before. College is too expensive, often does not educate, and does a poor job matching students with what employers need. It is propped up by a corrupt government-run loan system which only achieves in inflating costs. College in general is a shadow of what it was 20-30 years ago.
The only hard thing about so-called “elite” universities is getting in. Once there many students are coddled, not worked and given inflated grades. After all, who wants to flunk out paying customers? “Social justice warriors run-amok on many campuses.
A distinguished professor has taken this on in a new book:
Or at least remade significantly. This is the best piece I have read on the crisis in higher education yet. From admission scandals to the corrupt student loan racket to poor education to indoctrination, the whole university system is due for major upheaval. The article does not offer any solutions per se, but is more of a wake-up call.
The author hints at fixes: not everyone needs to go to college, in fact perhaps most do not these days. This will hit the academic-industrial complex hard and force change. Leftist academia won’t like it….they may have to get real jobs. Kill the government-run college loan industry which is large Obama’s Frankenstein monster. And have industries devise ways to get the skills they need without burdening their future employees with debt and years of lost wages taken on via college.
Education in America is in crisis. For years the public primary education system has been failing it’s customers, the children, badly. But the US could always hold up its universities and colleges as the best in the world. Not any more. Besides many being leftist-run indoctrination tanks where students learn little and the only hard thing about them is getting in, we learned this week that rich elites and their intermediaries fraudulently get their precious progeny in through fraud.
Here is the straight dope: going to college and getting an education are not the same things. The truth is, many “elite” schools are that in name only. Yes, they attract many of the best and brightest, but they also attract a lot of rich lip-strumming morons who could not screw in a light bulb with instructions. Full disclosure: I went to an “elite” midwestern private school years ago. I received a fine education but the same one I could have gotten at many other schools. The most valuable thing about attending an “elite” school is the reputation and contacts…always has been. Now, that is increasingly the only benefit as in some cases the education being received is inferior.
Having spent years in business, some of the laziest, least ethical and frankly dumbest people I have ever encountered went to Ivy League schools, while some of the most accomplished went to garden-variety state schools. But state schools are not exempt from criticism either. Many have become bastions of PC SJW leftism while shirking their primary responsibility: educating the residents of their state. Many preference out of state and foreign students in the name of “diversity” so they can rake in higher tuition fees. The whole system has become horribly corrupt.
If you want your kids to get a top education, not simply a sheepskin from an elite university, I strongly suggest looking at small private colleges, Christian colleges, or the exceptional research institutions like MIT, Cal Tech, Rice, ect. These schools still seem to provide an excellent classical education and have not gotten caught up in all the campus leftism.
Cultural rot and misguided Obama policies are largely to blame, not “guns”. Under Obama, the Department of Education stupidly passed rules making it nearly impossible to punish or expel troubled, often violent students, under the guise that it was unfair or “racist” to do so. Unbelievable. What did Oblunder and his odious Education Secretary Arne Duncan think would happen? Hopefully Trump will rescind this idiotic rules. Ironically, some of these same leftists are now proposing that public school students now “walk-out” or no longer show up for school until action is taken on gun-control. I applaud this totally – it will help private schools and home-schooling even more.
More cultural destruction brought to you by the left. You can’t make this stuff up. Discipline is “racist” because children of color are responsible for a disproportionate amount of school violence. The left’s solution: no discipline to be replaced with hand-holding and counseling. And the ones hurt are the minority kids who want to learn.
I have stopped ascribing good intentions to the left: they want chaos. No discipline at home or school means no chance at an education, no job prospects and no hope for these kids. Just what the left wants: cradle to grave dependency.