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Let’s Help Academia Destroy Itself

RMan3 Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 3:01 PM
That's right. At the state university where I work, tuition is $8,200. HOWEVER, a senior student living on campus showed me her TOTAL bill for this year... $21,500! Room and board is $9,000. There was more than $4,000 in various "fees." Oh - that $21,500 bill didn't include her books and lab fees (more than $1,000) and other expenses. She says her total bill for four years will easily be $90,000. By the way, we're a small "cheap" state university of 10,000 students. As for the bubble, our enrollment has dropped 17% in the last six years. The hardest-hit majors are ones like communication, sociology, women's studies, art - that's because people are beginning to flee from majors that don't translate to real-world jobs.

Conservatives should welcome the decline of academia as we know it. I, for one, will celebrate its death by engaging in the same activity that characterized my four years at what some call its pinnacle– drinking a lot of Coors Light.

There is still nostalgia among conservatives, especially older ones who have forgotten what college is really like, for the idea of higher education as a rigorous venue for intellectual growth, an environment of exciting and vibrant ideas shared by wise, caring educators dedicated to the pursuit of truth.

Today, it is nothing of the sort.

For the vast majority...