posted on Jun, 28 2011 @ 09:39 PM
This story is from the UK but I think it is of interest to those in the US and other advanced economies.
There is something very wrong with the higher educational system. Everyone knows it: students emerge most often with heavy debts and poor job
Every time this is brought up, somebody is sure to chime in with "yes, but you don't go to college for money; you go to enrich yourself as a human
and for wisdom." Excuse me? If I'm going to take on a six-figure education debt, I hope it does yield some concrete, tangible job results. I can
"enrich myself" without spending six figures. For most people, higer education is a means to a job. And what's wrong with that? We've all got to eat,
It was also interesting to me that the article quoted one complaint about universities having "public-sector mentalities." In the US there are some
public universities, but I think the majority is private, right? But you do see the same kind of corruption in private universities as you often do in
the public life because they are unreasonably protected from accountabily,
There are some potential negatives to trhe proposed reforms...for example, could a more-directly-job-related university system be manipulated for
capitalist explotitation, by encouraging certain professions or discouraging others? Could academic integrity be compromised by profit motive? But to
this I would already say academics has been compromised by monye/power, so why not be clearer about what's going on?
Whatever the case, reform of some kind is needed. I'll be watching this experiment to see if they make it happen.
(visit the link for the full news article)
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