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.
As we’ve poured more and more government money into college “access,” schools have pocketed much of the money and gone on a spending spree – and then increased their tuition and fees, leading politicians to cry that they must increase student aid more to keep higher education “affordable.”
"It's not educational quality that has declined so much as it is the capability of students seeking higher ed."
Don't downplay the decline in quality of education. Pseudo departments and majors such as "women's studies" and "black studies" are worse than useless. It would be one thing if students taking these courses learned nothing, but these departments are far worse. To paraphrase Twain, "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble, but rather what you know that ain't so."
And don't get me started to courses like “Interrogating Gender: Centuries Of Dramatic Cross-Dressing” or "The Science of Superheros" or “Queer TV Comedy Since Ellen Came Out”
I recently went back to a local college to brush up on some topics and pick up some new tools. I was floored! When I went to college, the lowest level of math offered was Calculus. I saw kids at the local college enrolled in basic math, i.e. a precursor to algebra I (and this is in a state where passing algebra II is required for high school graduation).
Why should every young person go to "college" anyway? A fair few would be much better of pursuing the trades. And those who do choose to go the "higher ed" route need to be reminded that - at the end of the day - they have to graduate with marketable skills of some sort.
Back in the day, the offsprings all thought pursuing a drama career would be ideal. My comment was simple: "and how do you propose to feed yourself?" All chose paths at which they excel but are at the same time marketable. Drama - that's there too, but as an aside. Which is probably much more rewarding, given there are many fewer egos in the amateur crowd.