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Off to College

Submitted by on 1 July, 2021 – 4:32 pm

Not too cold in the air, and reminds me of an experience he never had.

Like most women my age, I’ve seen the 1970 film “Love Story”, set in a place that, compared to my working-class neighborhood in Dallas, it seemed magical. The houses had two stories, one road ends in the ocean, the leaves turned red, and snow covered everything. In addition, you may fall in love with a handsome man with a name in Roman numerals. Oliver Barrett IV was old money. In my neighborhood, there was old money. O New money either, for that matter.

The 1969 film “The Sterile Cuckoo”, filmed at Hamilton College in New York, it was all green fields and red bricks, ancient villages and bus stops blade. For someone accustomed to the strip malls and asphalt, was a beautiful world.

The University of Arkansas in the mountain town of Fayetteville was the closest I was ever going to reach that world. Sometimes I find myself dreaming of the time, but of course I can not go back, either to my young adulthood or that a college education once was.

The game-changing advances in technology have wreaked havoc on many businesses, and education is no exception. The charm of the university is declining. A student can go deeper into debt, and when he graduates, job market can be external or had outdated.

Since 1978, college costs have exceeded inflation by a factor of three. How is it being funded? Like everything else in the last couple of decades: from credit.

Seared into my memory is the New York Times article, “Dreams” Top Chef “crushed by student loan debt.” The story was daunting enough, but the 403 comments from readers who followed the education that revealed a higher slot machine had become.

The stories of these former students were besieged said some of the nightmares. Debt is reduced after bankruptcy. Collectors harassing people for the rest of their lives. What’s next? The return of debtors’ prison?

And here’s the kicker: The story was published in May 2007 before the recession began earlier and jobs for college graduates had evaporated. If it was so bad three years ago, what you feel now?

Today, the average debt of $ 23,200 students, but can reach more than $ 200,000. For a look at this latest horror show, check out specialty in debt, a Huffington Post site more than 100 stories of students.

Standing in stark contrast to students with no job, no money is their professors, who seem very comfortable in their concerts. This contrast is not lost on students and parents.

A few days ago, the New York Times published “The end of tenure”, in which Christopher Shea considered two “fighter” new books: “How Higher Education colleges are wasting money and failure to our children – and what can we do? about it, “by Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus C., and” Crisis on Campus: a bold plan for reform of our colleges and universities, “by Mark C. Taylor.

Shea says. “Total student loan debt, at about 830 billion U.S. dollars, recently surpassed the total national debt credit cards Meanwhile, rectors of universities, which can make over $ 1 million a year, gravely intoning that $ 50,000 price does not even cover the full cost of education for a year. (Please note the balance a gift!) Then her daughter reports that her history teacher is a complement to part-time, you might win $ 1.500 by the work of a semester. ”

This ground has been covered before – just two months ago, in fact, in the “Times” function, space for debate: “What happens if the college tenure dies?”

In one corner we have Mr. Chips – oh, I mean Mr. Cary Nelson, with “In game:. Freedom and Learning” Mr. Nelson is president of the American Association of University Professors, and once we know that I suppose you could find out where. But I will explain anyway: “If you can be fired tomorrow, I really do not have academic freedom.”

If you can be fired tomorrow. Wow, that phrase has a familiar ring to it. Could it be because it is the everyday life of me, my friends, my family y. . . Oh, almost everyone I know?

In the other corner we have “unsustainable and indefensible” by Mark C. Taylor. Among his comments: “In today’s rapidly changing world, it is impossible to know whether the investigation of a person going to be relevant in five years let alone 35 years.”

The first reader comment gives an idea of who will win this fight: “The question is not if, but when the U.S. higher education institutions will abolish the tenure system.”

A reader from New York referred to the oft-quoted holding of defense – the prevention of retaliation against teachers who speak their minds – with a personal observation: “In the last ten years can anyone name a single example a teacher (because he or she is not the owner) fired for “speaking out against orthodoxy.”

A reader from Maine said that “too many teachers view tenure as an early retirement – absolving the need to keep abreast of their fields and contribute to their disciplines.”

Someone in Idaho complained about the hypocrisy of professors with comfortable concert had complained of poor working conditions and low pay for supplements, but not to fight to rectify the situation. “The number of headlines I’ve seen profs call for better treatment of supplements? … None.”

Frustration seems to be a whole lotta happening. The expansion of the campus in recent years are in collision with reduced alumni giving and endowments fell by 30 percent in value. Universities can not continue to increase tuition for all, and are already seeing a decline.

The Washington Monthly wrote that students no longer have to spend four years and a fortune to get a diploma. Now you can buy “College for $ 99 a month.” (Loss subtitle: “The next generation of online education could be great for students – and catastrophic for the universities.”)

A college student online StraighterLine completed four courses of two months. Cost: $ 200. “The same courses that cost more than $ 2,700 in the Northeastern Illinois, $ 4,200 in Kaplan University, $ 6,300 University of Phoenix, and about the GDP of a small Central American country in an elite private college” , writes Kevin Carey in Washington Monthly.

In future university students can skip altogether. Financial columnist James Altucher writes that instead of spending $ 200,000 in college, give children $ 20.000 to start businesses. “Most businesses fail, but that’s OK. Education in lifelong process.”

A chef who studied in Paris informed the students choose the community college, or even skip the whole university. “If you have the money for culinary school, take the money and move to a city that truly love. Then spend a couple of G eat in restaurants that draw until you find one that really speaks to your personal aesthetic. “Meet the chef, and keep going until they hire to peel potatoes. And learn. “Very soon you will have a job, a real resume, industry contacts and has been eating well and earning money.”

Almost like a sabbatical that never stops.

Musician Frank Zappa famously said: “If you go to bed and go to college. If you want an education, go to the library.”

Not that – by getting laid in college. I’m not sure children would be completely happy with the suggestion of a parent who went on the record that would be fine with your kids stay home for four years and reading books.

While the Ivy League and small universities, liberal arts and management will always be with us (for networking and contacts, if nothing else), the fate of other schools is not so bright. What ever shall we do with all the beautiful stone buildings?

Maybe it’s time to embrace the aging of baby boomers with Faux School. In our dotage not need expensive administrators or teachers. We’re going to babble to each other and call it a day.

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