I have been reading “Change.edu: rebooting for the new talent economy” by Andrew S. Rosen. It is about the craziness of higher education. Students were able to go to four year resorts masquerading as colleges with student loans. They got to live in nice places with great food and wonderful recreational facilities but they couldn’t afford them. They couldn’t opt out of the frills to get just the education so they overpaid. The axis of evil of admissions departments, “will give a loan to anyone” government, and “can’t live in the real world” educators have brought back a form of slavery know as “indentured servitude”. Sad.
Of course, the Democratic candidates have as their motto “When responsibility is needed make the innocent pay.” They want the people who didn’t go to college to pay the student loans of those who did. Giving away “free” is what they think is “fair”. For it is unfair for “Sally or Johnny” to ever face the cost of their actions. Maybe they can call the program “Planned Payback” or they can say they are “Pro-choice” which means not paying.... [Read More]
Before her retirement many years ago, my mother was a professor at an institution of higher learning in Laredo, Texas, teaching Spanish Literature and English as a Second Language. I ended up following her career path, though in a different discipline (History).... [Read More]
You’re white, in your early 30s and you have a 6-year-old child. For ten years you and your wife (you got married four years ago) have been living in a “rehabbing” neighborhood close to the downtown of a large American city. You pioneered this area (along with other couples, singles and homosexuals) when it was heavily inner-city poor and have been a part of the revitalization — bars, boutiques, coffee houses, museums, new residential construction — that turned it into an attractive venue for new migrants and visitors.
But your child is now school age and therein lies a problem. The local elementary school is three blocks away. It is an old building staffed by the typical collection of unionized, mediocre teachers. The school has no academic distinction at all. Test scores are pitiful. It has been labeled a failing school by the State Board of Ed. There have been some “incidents” that your wife has heard about, not in the local newspaper, but at the organic food store and at the farm-to-table restaurant where she sometimes meets friends for lunch. The elementary school student body is overwhelmingly black.... [Read More]
As some of you may have read in a post yesterday, I have decided to cancel my subscription at another site and spend a lot more time here. As part of that decision, I have given a group that I used to run there a domum novam (new home) here on Ratburger.
The group S.P.Q.Ratburger, a Latin language group, is now open to all diners. So, if you can read, write, or even speak Latin, then stop on by.... [Read More]
The title has to do with an actress on the TV series Full House, Lori Loughlin, being in a get your kid into college scheme. Some of the methods that were allegedly used were having someone else take the SAT for the child and bribing coaches to inflate athletic ability. The goal was the cherish spot at an elite university.
This falls under short term gain for long term pain for me. Sure you can get someone into a college but if they can’t survive the course work it will hurt them in the end. It also destroy a part of their soul to know they have cheated to get ahead.... [Read More]
I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Wednesdays. When it appears, I post the review here on the following Sunday.... [Read More]