September 7th, 2006

Slammy evil

Who are the arms dealers in America's War on Education?

You may have noticed this new report:
Nation falling behind in grads

By Michelle Maitre

Americans are losing their edge in a global economy because not enough young people are graduating from college, according to a report released today by a higher education think tank.Collapse )
Well, duh. A lot of us have been screaming about the rapidity with which our ed system is going to Hell, and it's nice to have a little bit in the way of official validation.

When I saw the headline, my instinctive reaction was that of course we're graduating fewer people - who can afford college anymore? I was listening to an economist the other day on the radio talking about pillars of a viable middle class economy, and one of the main elements was "saving for college." I laughed out loud and then started yelling at the radio. You can't save for college. If you're like most Americans, you have all you can do to make ends meet, and when tuitions at most good schools (and a lot of less-good schools) are easily topping $25K year, I'm sorry - you might borrow for college, but you won't be saving for it.

The report agrees: Collapse )

[Art: THX to Scott Morris of for use of his illustration above. Kinda makes a point, huh?]
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