We spend more per student than most other school systems in the world, so obviously simply throwing money at the problem does not help.
Correct...but NEITHER does simply cutting the funding.
Unfortunately, us Americans are just going to have to actually get off our asses for once in our life and stop assuming that all problems can
explained and/or solved simply by looking at ONLY the bottom line on a financial balance sheet.
That's what kills me about ALL of these damn politicians. It's all about "should we spend more $...or less $" instead of WHAT ARE WE ACTUALLY BUYING
WITH THAT MONEY, WHAT SORTS OF FUNDAMENTAL PRACTICES ARE WORKING/NOT WORKING, AND WHAT ACTUAL
ACTION STEPS ARE NEEDED TO ACTUALLY
REVERSE THE TRENDS.
I live in Wisconsin under the criminal Scott Walker regime and I've witnessed this nonsensical approach FIRST HAND. Walker is a fascist puppet of the
Koch brothers who has an enormous amount of his staffers in prison or under criminal investigation for election fraud and bribery (as if the current
rules for political donations weren't generous enough) but has somehow conned many Wisconsinites into thinking that he has something in common with
Ron Paul or Gary Johnson.
So Walker makes good on his promise to "reign in spending" on our public university system because "tuition is out of control". Great. Sounds
wonderful as a headline. The UW System conforms to his (quite absurd) new budget and they kill new degree programs in material sciences, GIS,
Business Intelligence, and all of the other things the schools DESPERATELY need to invest in if we ever hope to produce an engineer in this country
ever again because THOSE ARE DEGREE PROGRAMS THAT ARE ACTUALLY EXPENSIVE. They require new professors, equipment, updated training for the professors
that they already have, etc. What doesn't get cut? The goofy degrees in things like Sanskrit, Asian Philosophy & Literature, and Underwater
BasketWeaving...because cutting those programs puts $0 back on the bottom line. It's just textbooks and a few professors which the University will
STILL have to employ for OTHER degree programs that any university is expected to have anyways.
Likewise...when the UW system went 10% overbudget last year...the prick turns around and slashes their budget for the next year by 33% strictly as a
punitive measure. Bear in mind, that some of the biggest costs that went out of whack AS LINE ITEMS were under energy costs, snow removal, insurance
increases....NONE OF WHICH THE UNIVERSITY HAS ANY DIRECT CONTROL OVER.
So...wouldn't a LOGICAL person look for ways to REDUCE THOSE ENERGY PRICES?? Every one of the MASSIVE buildings in the UW system are heated with hot
water. Various departments of academics got together, collaborated, and proposed a vacuum-tube solar hot water system which could be incorporated in
conjunction with the boiler systems to reduce heating costs by up to 30%, pay for themselves in 2-3 years (depending how cold the next couple winters
happened to be), and provide a WONDERFUL HANDS-ON learning opportunity for our next batch of engineering, architecture, mathematics, and computer
science graduates as well as LOCAL JOBS ALL ACROSS THE STATE. The down side? Yep...in order to SAVE MONEY in the long-term...we have to spend a
LITTLE BIT to update the finest technological thinking 1961 had to offer. As you can imagine...the proposal was rejected because Ideology, Dogma, &
Rhetoric dictate that tax money can only be "spent" and it's not possible for it to be "invested wisely". The end result? Their budget was
punitively slashed, the kids are dumber, Wisconsin still ranks 50 out 50 in job growth, and not addressing exponential increases in energy costs over
the last 50 years have assured that we can look forward to more of the same next year.
He did the same thing with the rail lines. The Feds offered WI an $810 GRANT to construct a new, state of the art, high-speed rail line between
Milwaukee and Madison. Walker declined it because it was "too expensive"...and then proceeded to BORROW $500 million dollars into cobbling together
our obsolete Amtrak line to function for another year. That's the material equivalent of saying that buying a new Honda Civic is "more expensive"
than keeping your '52 Plymouth running as your daily driver.
Arbitrarily spending money will not solve any more problems that arbitrarily NOT spending money. It's WHAT ARE WE SPENDING IT ON that's actually
edit on 10-12-2012 by milominderbinder because: formatting