Thursday, October 29, 2015
The New Yorker Gets One Right
For-profits met a need. The way to beat them is to meet that need better. Austerity in the public sector cedes the field to people with other agendas. Beef up the publics, and the need that fed the for-profits in the first place will fade away. They can’t lawyer their way out of that.
Finally, just to pull out the soapbox again, there is nothing "agrarian" about the schedule of the colleges in this state or the other where I have a lot of experience, both of which have a large farming industry. Both tie their calendar to FOOTBALL and formerly pagan holidays that dictate the football calendar. Period. Full stop. And before they changed to a football calendar, their schedule also did not match the rhythm of farm labor in the respective states. Crops that are harvested before school starts in the fall were put in the ground before school got out at the start of summer, and late crops are harvested long after school starts.
Before migrant labor replaced children, schools just closed during planting and harvest weeks, just like they still close for hunting season. But that was close to a century ago and had little impact on universities and colleges, which ran on their own schedule. Colleges were too small to be impacted by primary or secondary school schedules back then, and the ones that did have a 4-quarter calendar to accomodate farming abandoned that schedule a LONG time ago.
Now ask why it took so long to get here and why it is impossible that it will happen, and we'll start getting somewhere.