How to kill higher education, in five easy steps

I am grateful for my liberal arts education for how it has helped me to understand the world I live in and the culture in which I live. The kind of liberal arts education I received is being undermined. The process is described in this post.

1. DEFUND PUBLIC HIGHER EDUCATION.

2. DEPROFESSIONALIZE AND IMPOVERISH THE PROFESSORS by replacing them by marginally-employed adjuncts and video lessons.

3. MOVE IN A MANAGERIAL / ADMINISTRATIVE CLASS WHO TAKE OVER GOVERNANCE OF THE UNIVERSITY.

4. MOVE IN CORPORATE CULTURE AND CORPORATE MONEY.

5. DESTROY THE STUDENTS by raising tuition and lowering the quality of education.

I never worked in academia, but I have friends who do, and everything in this post fits what they tell me.

The Homeless Adjunct

A few years back, Paul E. Lingenfelter began his report on the defunding of public education by saying, “In 1920 H.G. Wells wrote, ‘History is becoming more and more a race between education and catastrophe.’ I think he got it right. Nothing is more important to the future of the United States and the world than the breadth and effectiveness of education, especially of higher education. I say especially higher education, but not because pre- school, elementary, and secondary education are less important. Success at every level of education obviously depends on what has gone before. But for better or worse, the quality of postsecondary education and research affects the quality and effectiveness of education at every level.”

In the last few years, conversations have been growing like gathering storm clouds about the ways in which our universities are failing. There is talk about the poor educational outcomes apparent in…

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One Response to “How to kill higher education, in five easy steps”

  1. Atticus Says:

    I kind of think this applies to public schools in general. At least the first two.

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