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.
Ironically, these government handouts are creating the tuition problem. Tuition has risen about three percentage points faster than inflation every year for the past quarter-century. At the same time, the feds have put more and more money behind student loans and other financial aid. The government is slowly becoming a third-party tuition payer, with all the price distortions one would expect. Every time tuition rises, the government makes up the difference; colleges thus cheerfully raise tuition (and budgets), knowing the government will step in.
Our financial-aid system also hurts middle-class applicants. Parents who have saved money for their child's tuition quickly find that, by the strange calculus of financial aid, they are charged more for college tuition than if they had blown their savings on a bigger house.
A rich couple I know, supported a private college. They gave themselves their advanced degrees, and began "adult, distance (3 miles) learning classes". Because they had sooo much political and financial clout that when they decided to run a "colored cohort", no one questioned the content, or the process. Soooo, let's see what you folks think of this: 20 minority students begin the program in September. Most of the 20 have had less than a freshman year of college. Four of the entering cohort class members have submitted a "online diploma mill certificate", as a part of their "qualifying packet". Most of the class iis middle aged. Starting in September they attend classes 1.5 days a month for a total of nine(9) months. Total classroom hours is approximately 14 hours. Through the cooperation of the local political power bosses (union) they are assigned to do teaching internships for 6 weeks in various classrooms around the city during the summer school session. After 14 hours of class time, and six weeks of internship these 20 minority students are each awarded all of the following:
1. Bachelor's degree
1. M.Ed degree
1 K-12 teaching certificate
If you think that is bad here is the "rest of the story". The new president (extreme liberal lesbian) instructed the financial aids staff to process those 20 student loans (about $40,000 each) in such a way as to assure that these loans would fall through the cracks--the students would never be held accountable for repayment. The new president had received her ph.d in education from AZ state, where her doctoral thesis focused on finding ways to finance minority studentt loans. Of course, the very wealthy do-gooder, the one who "designed" the colored cohort, hired the personel, etc. she got to keep nearly 60% of those monies. Ohh, and the US attorney to whom this studnet loan fraud was reported: well, she is related to the same family. Nothing was done. Nothing will be done--but your kids will pay for those 20 student loans. Not to worry!
We got to see the contrast first hand. We saved for both of our older sons college and paid as they went. We then adopted two teenagers from Romania, who we had of course not prepared for by saving. When the time came for us to apply for loans and grants, I got to see what we would have been eligible for with the first two had we not saved.
Assistant Village Idiot