Going On The Account: We Don’t Need No Education…?

I had someone take me aside after I posted a chapter in Red Jenny and the Pirates of Buffalo where I point out that one of the factors involved in the collapse of civilization as we knew it was eliminating state funding for higher education.  That person told me that I was being unrealistic, that no one in charge of government would ever go to that extreme in the future.

Today, there’s a piece on Gawker that cites an article from the Los Angeles Times where they discuss new tuition rates at Santa Monica College, part of the community college system in California.  Normally, I don’t block quote, but this just has to be read to be believed:

Faced with deep funding cuts and strong student demand, Santa Monica College is pursuing a plan to offer a selection of higher-cost classes to students who need them, provoking protests from some who question the fairness of such a two-tiered education system.


Under the plan, approved by the governing board and believed to be the first of its kind in the nation, the two-year college would create a nonprofit foundation to offer such in-demand classes as English and math at a cost of about $200 per unit. Currently, fees are $36 per unit, set by the Legislature for California community college students. That fee will rise to $46 this summer.


So let’s consider this:  The essentials are going to be tier priced at a rate about six times higher than a class in…  Geeze, what the hell can you get at that rate?  What would fall into the “not in-demand” category?  Do we want to know…?


Sadly, I didn’t have anything riding on my contention, because that person would now owe me a drink.  And after reading this news, boy could I use one…


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2 responses to “Going On The Account: We Don’t Need No Education…?

  1. As a parent of children attending University and college, I think the cost of higher education is getting unacceptable. I know of kids going into military service just so they can afford to get a decent education. Charging outlandish amounts for each course is going to increase the division between the upper class and the working class because those with less money are not going to be able to afford college and will be stuck in menial jobs.

    Maybe that’s the point. Blue collar workers are becoming rarer all the time. Kids today want all the tech jobs so they don’t have to get dirty building bridges or installing plumbing or worse. There’s already a shortage of these types of jobs. Have you tried to get a plumber or electrician out to your house, these days? It could take weeks because those who are in the trades, these days, are so shorthanded. Maybe it’s the government’s way of limiting who goes to college so more will try the trades because that’s where the jobs will be. Or maybe I’m completely off-base. 🙂

  2. jesco b. ignatius

    the price is rising while the product lessens…

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