02 October 2013

Are Educators & Academia Exploiting The Middle Class?

You decide . . .
Ever-increasing property tax levels and student loan debt prove that liberal ideas promoted by educators have the effect of making them rich while exploiting working-class Americans.  What adds insult to injury is that educators constantly preach that a college education is the best route working-class students can pursue to lift themselves up and escape the exploitation and oppression created by capitalism.
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And a tenured professor reveals some ugly truths on his way out the door . . .

And . . .
Academic institutions have changed little since the post-WWII expansions of the 1950s, while the world around them has changed dramatically.  What little change has occurred appears focused on the proliferation of pointless administrative positions [and a hard core leftist ideology] whose sole purpose is to make the institution more expensive and less efficient. An imitation of the US auto industry in the 1960s. We know how that turned out.
And, as I've noted in a number of previous posts, due to technology and the growth of autodidactism, "establishment" education is becoming somewhat of a dinosaur - at least in its current form. Just the opportunities and options available to homeschoolers and those who want specialized knowledge and instruction are virtually limitless these days. The professor who left academia after 40 years would agree:
Due to technological changes, I no longer really need the resources of a large institution. Computing power?—I’ve now got a machine with 8 Gb of memory (upgradeable to 32 Gb) and a 1.2 Ghz processor. And that’s just my phone. Cluster computing I can get from Amazon or Google using my credit card; dozens of companies can provide web hosting. Email account?—free. Wireless internet hotspot?—$30 addition to my Verizon plan. [20] Blog—free!
This is decentralization and democratization of education on a grand scale and the financial realities of a grossly overpriced service is hastening all this along - a fact that many academics and "professional" educators wished were not true. I think its wonderful and that this will have many positive, long term implications.

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