I can only say, duh. The cost of higher education in this country is unreasonable, and it’s getting worse all the time. It’s a real shame when you consider that a college education has never been more important than it is today.I don’t know what the best way to fix this is. First and foremost, we need to improve the pre-college public education. If a high school diploma actually counted for anything, perhaps college wouldn’t be as necessary as it has become.
But our workforce does, indeed, need to be better educated today than it has needed to be in the past. It’s not just reading, writing, arithmetic, and civics anymore! Seeing what our nation’s governments have done with public schools, I cannot advocate making higher education part of that decrepit system. But, I am wholly dissatisfied with the misplaced focus of our for-profit colleges and universities.
There has to be some kind of middle-road that would refocus higher education on education rather than money, but would avoid getting it as screwed up as our public schools. Let me know if you have any ideas.
- American colleges flunk on affordability (AP via CNN.com [no longer available]).