Tuesday, July 15, 2014
“Redeeming America’s Promise” is a Travesty
No. This is not reform. This is magical thinking expressed in bullet points, with a side dish of racism. This is a travesty. Shame on its authors, and shame on its sponsors. They shouldn’t be looking for redemption. They should be looking for forgiveness. In the meantime, those of us who implement on the ground have actual work to do.
The rip off of CCs is actually worse than you describe, because universities also get several times what CCs get from the state to teach the same freshman classes.
I'll just say that my college is cheap on a national scale, and is operating with fewer total dollars per student than it was 5 years ago, and we can't make the mark they set if "per year" is 30 credits. They might as well tell every poor kid and returning veteran to just jump off a cliff as promote this nonsense.
I actually know some of the endorsers, and they would remain "former" politicians once people associated with the top universities in their state saw what would happen after such a massive tuition cut.
I wonder which foundations are behind this, and who will jump ship once the "plan" is digested in public.
The fantasy is that states will raise taxes so tuition can be held to what it "should" cost to go to college, not what it actually costs within the constraints of current politics.
A lot of these proposals come from organizations which have an agenda, sometimes one that is hidden. These organizations are sometimes funded by “dark money”, from donors who have an agenda but who want to remain out of sight. Often, the answer to the question as to why a given organization is proposing a particular policy can be determined by figuring out whom or what is providing their funding. Follow the money! I am willing to bet that RAP is funded by people who will somehow make money or will acquire some sort of financial break if these proposals become law.
The older I get, the more I find that when I ask the question as to why an organization or business does something or doesn’t do something, the answer is usually money.
Under this RAP proposal, community colleges and lower-tier public institutions will be starved to death. More and more of the education will be moved online in the pursuit of lower costs. These schools will become not unlike a chain of Wendy’s fast-food outlets—lots of part-timers and adjuncts working for what is essentially minimum wage with no benefits, no job security, and no chance for a better future.