With costs exploding in higher education and student debt becoming a crippling fact of life, many are looking for ways to reduce costs while maintaining access and quality. Texas Governor Rick Perry has challenged colleges and universities in his state to crafting baccalaureate degree programs that will cost no more than $10,000, including tuition and books — and may have found success already: Texas is experimenting with an initiative to help students and families struggling with sky-high college costs: a bachelor’s degree for $10,000, including tuition fees and even textbooks.
My children are now in their fiftys and sixties but when they were college age college loans were already starting to be offered and a few parents put the burden on their kids. My husband and I did not have a lot of money but we paid. Parents should have seen that sliding out from under their responsibility and saddling young people with no job experience or ability to earn very much was a bad idea. They were behind before they even started.
The more govt gets involved, the higher costs will go. Dry up the govt backed loans and tuition will shrivel. This is to say nothing about how the last we need are MORE college grads. The more you have of anything, the less value it has.
Textbooks? Why do you need a textbook? You can buy a Kindle Reader for less than most textbooks. We aleady have a program that has been around for decades and costs nothing. It´s called Junior Achievement. But , then again, I guess I´m kinda old fashioned.
Most lecture style courses like English Literature, History, Government, Economics, etc. could be taught in an on-line course, with a video, especially if one could pause, back-up, listen to a portion again (and again) or watch a graphic presentation several times to absorb it.
But the purpose of college is support indoctrination by liberal professors, not to teach students, right? Why else would our communist-mentored president want to make sure that every person goes to college?
Of course, parents would have money to pay for college if they were not being forced to pay for a lot of things like super-insurance plans that cover abortion, contraception, drug rehab, chemical dependency, Viagra, sex-change operations, AIDs care for irresponsible gays, psychological counseling, IRS penalties, etc.
College is about indoctrination, not education. We need to revolutionize the higher-education system. Personally, I think high school should end with 10 grades. Then, those who are capable and inclined could go on to trade schools and 2 to 4 year colleges to get practical knowledge, at no further cost - simply a continuation of public education. Some could continue on to specialty schools for medicine, law, business, etc. at low cost. How about bringing down the cost of health care by having doctors compete for business?
How about NO textbooks? If a university professor can´t come up with his own teaching materials he should be fired. I had a course in Quantum Mechanics where the Physics Prof was writing his own book. We students were his guinea pigs and got a free book to "proof" for him. Marvelous class.
Textbooks are out of date the moment they´re published. It´s a digital world, and it´s high time colleges bring their tuition in line with their costs. Too many tenured do-nothing professors and endless required courses that have nothing to do with the pursued degree, in order to drive up the cost of the degree.
At the end of four years in an indoctrination and desensitizing camp, a kid comes out more in debt than if he´d bought a house, skilled to maybe retail cashier level, and having an entitlement attitude that he should start out in corporate America with a corner office, a six figure salary and a staff to do the work.
The class size that critics say are too large at 30 kids in high school are no problem for them in college when it is literally 300 in a class and being taught by another student because the professor is on sabbatical. They get huge amounts of taxpayer money and the kids get a poor education. Some never learn and keep voting democrat.
I believe we should have degrees only for the five standard professions: medicine, law, finance, education and engineering. Everything else should be a trades program. I agree with the poster above that says we should have HS only to the 10th grade, then have 2 year trade school or the first two years of college after that. Have the SAT´s and placements earlier. Same with electronic books vs. hard covers. Have every text on a college server in hypertext, and everyone has a tablet issued for reading them. Wifi takes care of the connections. An annual fee of less than $100 would cover costs.
It should be ILLEGAL to have college loans for more debt than the degree in question can possibly service. I´ve known nurses that graduated Duke U. who owed as much as doctors, and had no hope of paying off the loans. One was a PhD in nursing! Dr. Nurse, of all things! Fancy title, but a crushing debt burden.
Things have gotten just plain crazy, all as a payoff to the education unions.
Democrats make a lot of silly statements. The trick isn’t finding a pronouncement by a liberal politician which — in a way nearly unique to politics — simultaneously brings a grimace, a giggle, and a groan, but figuring out whether the speaker is an outright liar or just living in a liberal echo chamber reminiscent of Pauline Kael (or at least the political mythology surrounding her). Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, is a reliable representative of the outright liar camp: No echo is loud enough to make her actually believe that Democratic candidates will
It’s long been said that Democrats and their supporters who cry “racism!” at everything that smells like opposition to their left-wing agenda are misguided, or in some cases, smear merchants who lack all credibility whatsoever (looking at you, MSNBC). Well, get a load of the T-shirt that this recently departed national figure – whose impeccable left-wing bonafides should never be doubted – has on:(Snip for photo)That’s anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela wearing a T-shirt that endorses getting an ID and voting in 1998. We’ll anxiously be waiting your apology. Oh wait, you won’t apologize, will you?
No, Obamacare isn’t Katrina for Democrats. Katrina was an act of God and/or nature, a phenomenon beyond the control of mere human beings, a catastrophe not of choice, but of nature’s necessity, outside the realm of man’s will. George W. Bush didn’t cause it to happen, nothing he did could have made it not happen, and he surely did not make it worse. The federal response wasn’t inspired, but the reason this mattered was that the mayor of New Orleans and the governor of Louisiana were not only perhaps the two stupidest people ever to hold public office, but the stupidest people
You know a president is in deep trouble when even an improving economy can’t boost his popularity. That’s the situation facing Barack Obama, as optimism about a less anemic recovery in the coming year has done nothing to halt the slide in his approval numbers. With every poll showing him in deep trouble, it’s time for the White House to call in reinforcements and that’s what they’ve done by getting former Bill Clinton chief of staff John Podesta to return to the West Wing as a counselor. Podesta, a veteran liberal ideologue as well as a friend of current White
Apparently having decided to embark upon a course of self-parody, the National Reconnaissance Office — the other NRO — sent out a press release sharing the logo for its new spy-satellite program, NROL-39. The image is that of an evil-looking giant octopus with its tentacles encircling the entire planet over the motto: Nothing Is beyond Our Reach.(Snip)Our relationship with the national-security and public-safety bureaucracies has changed. It used to be that you called the fireman to get your cat out of a tree; now the policeman shoots your dog. We have police rolling through the streets of such combat zones
Soweto, the Johannesburg suburb where popular resistance to apartheid set off the revolution that changed South Africa and established Nelson Mandela as the father of a new country, is the most dangerous place on the continent this week. Anyone who ventures into the street risks being crushed by the hordes of official visitors trying to get in front of a camera. It’s difficult for a hardworking president, prime minister, movie star, rap artist or mere dictator to set himself apart from the crowd of mourners, grievers and lamenters in town to exploit the ultimate photo-op. President Obama did it, however, with
It’s almost time for the first anniversary of the massacre in Sandy Hook. Naturally the Obama-run state media will be giving it round-the-clock coverage. Barack’s servile sycophants in the mainstream media will do anything to keep the low-information voters’ attention diverted from how they’re getting blued and tattooed by Dear Leader. As the common nightwalkers of the press get ready for their latest anti-gun crusade, let’s not forget who’s co-sponsoring the TV spots — Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG). This organization was founded by two mayors who are now lame ducks, one of whom is Mumbles Menino. The money guy behind MAIG is
On his way to the podium at the memorial ceremony for former South African president Nelson Mandela, President Obama walked down the line of dignitaries, greeting other leaders there to pay their respects. Among the hands shaken: that of Cuban leader Raul Castro. Obama neither made a special effort to shake Castro’s hand nor to avoid him. A snub might have been awkward: In his speech, Obama praised Mandela’s “greatest gift” as “his recognition that we are all bound together in ways that can be invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by
The Obama State Department has finally released a second round of photos revealing the harrowing devastation wrought by a terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012. The new photographs depict rampant damage to the consulate. They show charred walls, smoldering fires, Arabic graffiti defacing exterior walls, and scattered debris throughout. The extent of the damage would lead any reasonably serious person to conclude that this was a cold, calculated attack, carefully coordinated to mark the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. Unfortunately for the American people, the Obama-Clinton-Rice cabal that led to the Benghazi cover-up was
A black fashion student says he was brutally attacked by a gang of Hasidic men who shouted anti-gay slurs at him while he was walking through Williamsburg after a night of partying, the Daily News has learned. Taj Patterson, 22, was headed home to Fort Greene around 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 1 when he says more than a dozen ultra-Orthodox Jewish men began assaulting him on Flushing Ave. and yelling, “Stay down, f----t!”
A “presidential selfie” featuring President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service began making the rounds this morning, but it’s the person not included in the frame who caught everyone’s attention: As anyone with two eyes and a Twitter account has noticed, Michelle Obama does not appear amused. Of course, though a picture says a thousand words, not all of those words are necessarily true. FLOTUS might not have even known the photo was taking place. Or she could disapprove of funeral selfies. Either way.
US President Barack Obama may have moved the masses attending Nelson Mandela’s memorial service with his stirring eulogy, but it was his grinning "selfie" with the Danish and British premiers that set social networks abuzz. In a candid moment captured by a photographer, Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt can be seen holding up her smartphone, with Obama lending a helping hand, as they pose for a picture with David Cameron, all three of them smiling broadly in their seats at Soweto’s World Cup stadium.(Snip)Mashable, the news and technology website, ran the photograph under the headline: ‘‘Dear Obama: Funerals are no place
Just how much do many Hollywood liberals hate conservatives? In an interview with Playboy, Ben Affleck said, "When I watch a guy [on film] I know is a big Republican, part of me thinks, I probably wouldn’t like this person if I met him": PLAYBOY: You developed a political profile campaigning for presidential candidates Al Gore, John Kerry and Barack Obama. How did that come about? AFFLECK: I grew up in a house with a mother who was a teacher and a Freedom Rider—very left-wing Democrats living in a heterogeneous working-class neighborhood. I picked up a lot of those values there, and I
MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry opened her program over the weekend with a commentary about the Affordable Care Act’s colloquial moniker: “Obamacare.” She said that the word was originally created as a “derogatory term,” designed by white men as a way to delegitimize President Barack Obama and his achievement. However, she said that the term will soon be synonymous with all of Obama’s accomplishments and she urged her audience to use the term with pride. “I want to talk today about a controversial word. It’s a word that has been with us for years, and like it or not, it’s indelibly