The first video: Keely Mullen, who is organizing for free public colleges, cancellation of all student debt, and $15/hour minimum wage for all campus employees. Unfortunately, it's like um Keely doesn't like um really know like what um she's talking about like um because it's like um all about the 1% absolutely.
How? By ending "the outrageous racket where the institution that awards degrees is also the institution that does the teaching." This proposal--aimed at the undergraduate liberal arts degree not other, more technical degrees requiring sophisticated laboratories and the like--would involve:
- the 50 states offer degrees to anyone who can pass the exams required to earn those non-technical degrees;
- arrange the tests in sets, each set of increasing difficulty; and,
- each state university administers the exams once or twice annually.
Each student decides how s/he will prepare for the tests:
- the traditional way--pay tuition and take the required courses;
- hire private tutors;
- self-study or form cooperative learning groups; or,
- pay a fee to join independent cooperatives led by subject-expert professors.
The cost to the student for testing would be the minimal, namely, the cost to administer the tests.
Arends asks: "If you can pass the exams for a B.A., why isn’t that enough? Why should you also be forced to cut a check for $100,000 or $200,000 as well?"
Since 1971, the cost of tuition at the nation's public 4-year colleges has risen by a factor of 20, compared to average weekly earnings. One year’s tuition used to be the equvalent of ~120 hours' labor. Today it's ~480 hours' labor.
Why pay $40k/year for non-technical degrees that require sitting in college classrooms? Or, as Arends notes:
Yes, once upon a time a college was an entire experience. Campus life, the community of scholars, the whole nine yards.
But you have only to look at a typical campus today to see how far that’s gone the way of the dodo anyway. And if you think four years of campus life is turning Missy and Junior into intellectuals, try quizzing them on anything that hasn’t appeared on YouTube.
And, worse yet--when the college loan bubble bursts--how to hang the debt on the 48% of people who pay federal income taxes. Or, as Keely Mullen believes, "the 1% like um who we will like um always um have like among us and don't um also like forget that like President Obama is um going to give us um like free college."
"Break the college oligopolies. Set the students free."
Let the discussion begin...
To read Brett Arends article at Marketwatch.com, click on the following link: