With the nation’s unemployment rate hovering about 10 percent, recent high school graduates are escaping reality by...
At least, that appears to be the opinion of the editorial writers at Reason. Like most Libertarians, they’re of the opinion that if kids are poor, it’s because they chose the wrong parents. The poor kids should have just been smart enough to choose comfortably off parents like their own. Duh.
That said, the problem involved here is real: by basically handing out government-subsidized student loans to everybody, not just to poor kids, the Feds basically caused massive tuition inflation as colleges competed to buy the most gilded equipment for their labs and the biggest research names for their faculty. The colleges could not have done these massive tuition hikes if not for the fact that students could now not only be allowed to take out student loans to pay for them, but basically could be *forced* to take out student loans to pay for them, since a year of college is now beyond the financial means of any family that is not independently wealthy.
Public education is basically disintegrating around the country. Budgets have been cut to the point where there will be 60+ students per classroom next school year — classrooms which can barely hold 35 students — and teachers with 12+ years of experience are being laid off. The latest is TexBetty over at Mock Paper Scissors.
The NC legislative session isn’t even finished yet and I feel like I’ve been run over by a truck. As the...
The NC House met under cover of darkness in the wee hours of this morning to override Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of their disastrous, immoral budget.
It’s likely they didn’t want to wait for the light of day because today is a teacher lobbying day in Raleigh, and they didn’t have to courage to talk to these dedicated educators and then go slash their budgets. I’m sure Republican leaders wanted to be certain no one was swayed by pleas and real stories of need from teachers.
So, with the Senate poised to override the veto, it looks like this immoral budget will be what we have to live with for the next two years.