The Injustice of High College Tuition
I met a college student last weekend and promised her I’d put a post online about the outrageously high cost of college tuition. I’m working on some figures now and hope to post a chart by tomorrow.
Meanwhile the bottom line remains the same. It doesn’t matter much which inflation indices or economic indicators one looks at. The brute fact is that when I went to college in the 70’s, students in California didn’t have to take out loans, but today they to have to. Big loans, too.
1. This indicates that we are moving backwards, not forward in terms of higher education in our society.
2. It is unjust, absurd, and socially counterproductive in the extreme to subject youth to this burden.
3. They are being taken advantage of, because they lack the historical perspective to understand that this was not the case 25 or 30 years ago.
4. Nobody is speaking up for them or representing their interests.
5. If anything, the costs of a college education should be declining (relative to the cost of living) because computer and internet technology can be used to facilitate distance learning, video lectures, etc.
More on this topic later…