How Higher Education Was Destroyed in 5 Basic Steps 1

Here’s How Higher Education Was Destroyed in 5 Basic Steps
Higher education is not what it used to be, and that’s no accident.
By Debra Leigh Scott / Junct Rebellion June 2, 2018, 3:57 AM GMT

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 our graduates, the out-of-control tuitions and crippling student loan debt. Attention is finally being paid to the enormous salaries for presidents and sports coaches, and the migrant worker status of the low-wage majority faculty. There are movements to control tuition, to forgive student debt, to create more powerful “assessment” tools, to offer “free” university materials online, to combat adjunct faculty exploitation. But each of these movements focuses on a narrow aspect of a much wider problem, and no amount of “fix” for these aspects individually will address the real reason that universities in America are dying.

One comment on “How Higher Education Was Destroyed in 5 Basic Steps

  1. Reply oran stewart Jun 12,2018 1:40 am

    I agree. Things ain’t like they used to be! From 1978 till the present, I’ve worked in higher ed on ground and online. Whatever “accomplishment” meant then in the past means something very different today. And I am still trying to understand what that difference might be. Nor are the expectations for learning, teaching and the college culture the same as they once were. Maybe it wouldn’t hurt if a year or two of a moratorium, a break took place to think it all over. No chance of that, naturally.


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