We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
i was watching lou dobbs last night and this statement about floored me. ": Now the Center for College Affordability and Productivity finds that for every new freshman entering college on average, two administrators were added. " (taken from the transcript) that was for the time frame 1987 to 2007 there was 2 new administrators for every new student!!!!
That is too blooming much. Some of the feeling of entitlement that graduates of certain colleges have may stem in part from a need to justify the exorbitant expense. "Since I paid $200k for my BA at Private U, an appropriate return on my parents' investment requires that I get first dibs at these great paying jobs."
I can recall paying $100/semester tuition @ State U. But they didn't provide limo service to school: I hitched.
"Some of the feeling of entitlement that graduates of certain colleges have may stem in part from a need to justify the exorbitant expense."
Nice observation. And how galling it must be for one of those so blessed to have to work under a B school graduate. It's that human thing that gets in the way - money cannot buy you class and it cannot buy you smarts.
Money's greatest value is that it buys you freedom from other people.
Well, I'll just say. Except for the political bent of most of today's professors. I'd damn sure rather pay them exorbitant salaries than Wall Street traders. Much better return on long term capital. For the country that is.
I thought they made Wall St. into a casino to compete with Las Vegas. Most college's today are reeducation centers. I also thought Meta taught sex ed instead of English (Dr. Meta's sex tips - how to get boobies). I get so confused talking about education in America. What is truly and sorely lacking is discipline. We have lost that in all of our schools. Right and wrong are relative and vague to most of the kids today. How we get that back, I can't even fathom.
You nailed it, Jappy. Discipline is the number one problem for schools. Political correctness and the "You are swell." movement in schools caused much of it. But parents worshipping their children is the root cause. Baby Boomers started it, and it's now out of control. Remember all the crap about spanking and punishing children... around the 80's, I guess is when it started. Parents didn't know what to do, and were told to respect the child and have serious talks with him. Good grief but that might have been the most ignorant advice ever.
There's also self-discipline and the desire to do the right thing that is missing in a lot of kids. They feel special because Mommie and Daddy and Teacher said they were special and that they did not have to accountable for their actions.
We'll get it back when schools refuse to cater to the demands of parents. I'm not talking about legitimate concerns of parents. I'm talking about the idiots who threaten to sue the teacher and the school because their unruly child acts out and refuses to work and gets a "talking-to" by the counselor.
I caught a girl cheating - red-handed. I took her paper, gave her a zero and said not one word to her. In schools today, if a student denies she cheated, that's it. It's over. The case is closed. The day after I caught the girl, she mumbled some smack to me when I asked her to stop talking. I sent her out and attached the cheating to the discipline form for the assistant principal, who I hoped would put the girl into in-school suspension for a day. Nope. Parents had to come in for a conference because they knew their daughter didn't cheat. The conference was at 11:00 A.M. After lots of stupid talking, I glanced over at the father. He was drunk and had passed out cold over the arm of his chair - almost into the lap of our counselor. So utterly disgusting as to be almost unbelievable.
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I researched this. There are approximately 4,400 colleges in the country. This survey covered the top tier schools for the president's salary. It turns out, the highest paid president raised 300K for the school in one year. The cost per student for the president's salary was around 500 dollars. Most school's cost per student for president's salary was $3.50. Administrative costs have gone up because of new services for the student body with mental health services high on the list, below security. This is a result of the VA Tech massacre. After reading the rest of the list, it all felt PC, but the security and student health costs were big and necessary.
There is no way two administrators are hired for each new student. Most schools are having to cut back on personnel, and part of that is using adjunct professors. Also, most salaries are frozen or adjusted merely for cost of living.