There’s good news and bad today. The good news is Hanpshire College is planning to be the first residential college in the country to be 100% sustainable and climate neutral. And Massachusetts is once again tops in test scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. The bad news is only 50% of kids scored proficient or higher. And the Federal government actually hired Phoenix University and is now investigating them for deceptive and unfair business practices dealing with veterans. Are they so out of touch they haven’t heard about them, or are they taking kickbacks?
Once again college cost are going up. Not that they have outpaced inflation, but the students share has gone from around 10% in my day to around 75% today from lack of state funding. Some colleges are helping out though. The private college Northeastern is joining other schools and giving a tuition break to parents and siblings of undergraduate students. In there case 25% each. George Washington U. tops that with a grant of 50% for the second student. But my question is… if they can afford to do this, why not lower prices in the first place? In my house, we’re debating weather our daughter will use her college plan money or just finish her education as an intern, than head straight to work. No debt, no worries, with the same incoming level position of a college kid in her field – is there a downside to that?
At UMass about 400 graduate students aren’t getting paid for a variety of reasons that seems mostly paperwork related and eventually became part of their demands in a nationwide “Million Student March.” It unrealistically included demands for cancellation of all student debt, gender neutral bathrooms and housing, a Survivors Bill of Rights for gender-based violence, financial transparency, boycott and divestment, and sections of Israel, as well as increases of retention and recruitment of students of color at UMass. At Harvard they’re allowing any non-gender name (gender neutral) to accommodate that tiny segment of society that now rules the country – Transgenders and gender-queer (neither male nor female).
On the elementary front, we have our insane state allowing the tiny town of Worthington (population 1200) to reopen a small school closed 5 years ago to save money. Now it is its own school district with a whopping total of 51 students grades kindergarten to 6. What does the state think this is, the 19th century or 21st?