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 warn my students on day that I don't lower my standards, for their benefit. I advise them to read ratemyprofessor.com and realize it's worse than that [and I get really harsh ratings for being 'hard']. Those who remain [I lose 10-15% of them after week one] still end up on a natural curve.
And here is the biggest disconnect in higher Ed. If more employers were in a position to screen their applicants (skills, education, etc) better then more students (but still not all) would demand better education. As it is very few graduate schools or employers are discriminating between what a student knows rather than accepting the degree or the GPA.