Victor Davis Hanson wrote a piece in the April 12 edition of The Bee entitled “Here’s how to make college affordable and useful again.”
Hanson makes four points: The general education core taught students to reason inductively and to impart an aesthetic sense; Campuses encouraged edgy speech and raucous expression, never envisioning boring, politically correct orthodoxies; four years of college trained students for productive careers — a degree was a wise career investment; and universities were not monopolistic price gougers. Affordability was allowed to a broad middle class.
He goes on to say that the American university is failing on all four counts. Tuition is probably the most problematic for many students and their parents. Collective student debt is more than $1 trillion. Does the 2008 meltdown come to mind?
Continuing his discussion, Dr. Hanson states that today’s campuses have a higher administrator-to-student ratio than ever before. The first step in solving this national problem: cut out the administrative overload.
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Our enlightened federal officialdom does not hesitate to encourage a “national conversation” concerning everything from race relations to what food is best for us. Why aren’t we having a “conversation” concerning higher education’s burdensome cost on America’s middle class?