VDH diagnoses the structural problems that have killed American higher education

UC-Berkeley_CampusWithout exception, all of the structural flaws VDH identifies in America’s higher education were already problems when I was at Berkeley, and they explain why I hated my experience at Berkeley so much.  The only difference is that, back in the day, when I attended lectures given by bored tenured professors reading off of their yellowed notes, and had my actual classes taught by underpaid teaching assistants, some of whom had only a glancing relationship with spoken English, I wasn’t burdening myself with hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt.  I left Cal with $4,600 in debt.  It was a large sum, but still proportional to what I could expect to earn with a generic liberal arts degree from a major university.

By the way, I said “killed” for a reason.  Those institutions are still standing, and hundreds of thousands of kids are applying to them, but the fact is that they’re rotting corpses that no longer educate, they indoctrinate.

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  • http://www.amazon.com/Occupy-Innsmouth-ebook/dp/B009WWJ44A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361504109&amp raymondjelli

    He’s saying what a lot of people are saying. Strangely enough in this situation government is the solution. State schools should break the monopoly. They should start offering major only options for coursework, use the decrease in needed class time to cut back on administrative costs, end tenure and find ways to make businesses want to move into their states so that jobs are created instead of go nowhere studies programs. 

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    The reason why unis are monopolies is because they are state schools. They use the power of the federal government to force people to obey. They are also connected with various other Leftist factions.

    • Matt_SE

      I don’t think the decline came directly from government intervention in this case, but maybe secondarily. Government is a horrible customer. It always has been. I think that lack of interest in the quality of the product being offered facilitated the decline, which was brought about by the administrators and especially the leftwing academics in the “-studies” departments.
      Government simply kept paying these people, no matter what crap they were putting out.

  • http://www.amazon.com/Occupy-Innsmouth-ebook/dp/B009WWJ44A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361504109&amp raymondjelli

    No doubt that state schools are what they are. The CUNY system in NYC may be even worse but if this became a political issue with voters specifically demanding it and electing a governor to actually do it could be huge and only one state implementing it could make a difference. Much more likely to do reform through the vote than pressing private institutions. Of course these unis wouldn’t do it on their own.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    One of the subjects concerning the Left I analyzed years ago concerned their enormous self-regeneration abilities. There have been times when damage has been inflicted on one Leftist clique or a government branch, but the damage was regenerated in due course. If funding was cut for ACORN due to O’Keefe and Breitbart’s extremely damaging PR attack, then funding for ACORN was more than restored in Obamacare if not years before.
    As is the case with lawsuit damages against police, even if found guilty the damages come out of taxpayer’s pockets. The city or state or feds just do a slight of hand trick to launder more money through their channels. Ultimately using funding cuts to fire political unreliables or Republicans or dissidents. Even as the Left regenerates its damage, the energy cost is born by the American patriots.
    The amount of damage inflicted against the Left must exceed a certain threshold. But that threshold isn’t met by damaging or destroying one Leftist institution, like colleges in the US. The Left has more than a thousand separate groups and affiliations that will help regenerate lost limbs and fingers.
    Probably the worst blow against unions came in Wisconsin, when the Governor somehow found a way to get rid of mandatory dues, as far as I know. But even this level of damage, real damage, against the Left will be repaired over time. One union in one state was damaged. The unions in the other states weren’t touched. Now that people think they have won, they will take their eyes off the ball and go on vacation. As they go on vacation and give the Left a cease fire, the Left will regenerate all of the damage done.
    The Leftist army still occupies America. Even people as poor and less trained as AQ, can regenerate in Iraq to the point of occupying Fallujah again. The Left, with now increasingly full control over America’s 11 trillion GDP economy, can certainly regenerate faster and better.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    I don’t consider the universities privately owned any more. Perhaps they were in 1930 or 1960s, but the Leftist army now fully controls them.
    It will be somewhat difficult to destroy them if we treat them as equals, as private businesses equal to other private businesses. VDH even has to make the moral comparison and equalization between companies that must adhere to state codes and universities who do not. If the unis were private companies gone rogue, then centralized state punishments can make them bend knee to power, as it has Google, FB, GM. But the Leftist army controls the Unis, as the Left controls government. They are as one mind, one body, and one spirit. No matte what the legal and superficial details imply, they operate as one, even if nobody can agree on ideological matters.
    We can’t have one strategy for defeating the LEft in government and another strategy that treats the Left in unis as a private business that just needs to conform to standards. Which is why a lot of people in America aren’t engaging in war thus they refuse to use tactics and strategy. They refuse to even think about it. And as such, they don’t understand why they can’t inflict damage on the enemy.