Back in the day, I thought the University of California was overpriced, because the professors lived like (Marxist) kings and taught like fools (boring fools, I might add). It’s only gotten worse, as the professors still live like kings and teach like fools, but the tuition has skyrocketed, far beyond anything the middle class can pay. Worse, unless the student is doing engineering, which seems to have escaped political correctness, it’s very questionable whether the students paying these fees to sit at the feet of these foolish Marxist kings (and queens) are getting any benefit from their education. The latest attempt by UC Riverside students to avoid their tuition obligations would indicate that they are coming in ill-informed and, despite their tuition payments, remaining ill-informed, at least when it comes to economic matters:
With declining state funding driving University of California tuition higher and higher in recent years, a group of students at UC Riverside is proposing an alternative student contribution plan that would allow students to pay for their education once they have a steady, post-graduation income.
The plan, called the UC Student Investment Proposal, would have students cease payments to the university and instead have them pay a percentage of their income after graduating and entering a career for the next 20 years, interest-free. The group behind the proposal, called Fix UC, is composed of members from the editorial board of UC Riverside’s student newspaper, The Highlander, and other student leaders at the Riverside campus.
In a declining economy, with a shrinking job market, why in the world should the people of California take IOU’s from students who are getting degrees in puppetry, womyn’s studies, and other economically useless areas of academia? After all, as the OWS protests made graphically clear, college graduates are not getting jobs.