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Monday, June 09, 2014

Salon article on tuition inflation...

Colleges are full of it: Behind the three-decade scheme to raise tuition, bankrupt generations, and hypnotize the media

Tuition is up 1,200 percent in 30 years. Here's why you're unemployed, crushed by debt -- and no one is helping

The price of a year at college has increased by more than 1,200 percent over the last 30 years, far outpacing any other price the government tracks: food, housing, cars, gasoline, TVs, you name it. Tuition has increased at a rate double that of medical care, usually considered the most expensive of human necessities. It has outstripped any reasonable expectation people might have had for investments over the period. And, as we all know, it has crushed a generation of college grads with debt. Today, thanks to those enormous tuition prices, young Americans routinely start adult life with a burden unknown to any previous cohort and whose ruinous effects we can only guess at....
Education and entertainment have become the same thing. It is quite an amazing racket. After WWII the GI Bill allowed so many to attend college (if qualified) that the colleges got way greedy and decided that everyone should be qualified. College became essential to get the most menial of entry level jobs. No one ever worked their way up from an unskilled entry level clerkship any more. Once the government (that's the taxpayer involuntarily) guaranteed student loans for totally uncreditworthy student wannabes, universities went hog wild inventing the most frivolous, most vocational, most bureaucrat "easy-A" courses and degree majors passing strange. Employers drank the Kool-Aid and hired M.A.s in Human Resources who, knowing nothing about the skills or substance involved in the work, required degrees to verify "teachability," "tenacity," and "servility." That put millions of intelligent, innovative, and extremely talented new workers out of the running for jobs with a future. Meanwhile unions were pricing themselves out of the game and fostering a culture of go along to get along and no one could stand out as a high performer. You got lots of students studying to become network anchors, motion picture actors, artists, filmmakers, diplomats, explorers, theater critics, magazine editors, professional athletes, Marxist professors, lawyers. Real workers like firemen, police officers, air traffic controllers, sound, lighting, and broadcast technicians, investigative journalists, sports writers, worker bees in offices and retail, heating ventilating and air conditioning and building engineers, constructors, craftsmen, engravers, mechanics never got to see a college classroom unless they wee sent for "gay, feminist, racial, cultural sensitivity" training. And yet they need tens of thousands of professors and teachers instead of a menu of no more than ten great teachers in each subject available electronically to every student and objective mulitiple choice examinations that an be completed anywhere, all at super low cost. The IT Revolution, the Internet productivity effect, and AlGore have done nothing to modernize pedagogy at all!

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