Higher Education Is Morally And Financially Bankrupt

A system that piles debt on students in exchange for a marginal or even zero-return on their investment is morally and financially bankrupt.

Every once in a while you run across an insider’s narrative of a corrupt, morally bankrupt sector that absolutely nails the sector’s terminal rot. Here is that nails-it narrative for higher education: Pass, Fail: An inside look at the retail scam known as the modern university.

Here are excerpts of the article, which was published in Canada but is equally applicable to higher education in the U.S.:

A university degree, after all, is a credential crucial for economic success. At least, that’s what we’re told. But as with all such credentials—those sought for the ends they promise rather than the knowledge they represent—the trick is to get them cheaply, quickly, and with as little effort as possible. My students’ disaffection is the real face of this ambition.

I teach mostly bored youth who find themselves doing something they neither value nor desire—and, in some cases, are simply not equipped for—in order to achieve an outcome they are repeatedly warned is essential to their survival. What a dreadful trap...

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2016/04/higher-education-morally-financially-bankrupt.html

 

Comments

  1. Michael Brinkley says:

    Mr. Granger, I would prefer to call you teacher seeing as I have studied Adam and the Altaic ring…, Mo, and where did those tall dudes come from, like textbooks after graduating HS in 1990. Thank you for your work!

    I believe that you are correct in saying that higher education is bankrupt, but I would extend that to say education is bankrupt. It starts in elementary and the corruption grows like the serpent in the bible into the beast that we call higher education. I heard a wise man say that we could teach Islam to the youth in a bottle. Translated he was saying the education concerning the deepest truth about life, our place in it, and how to live it successfully could start before the child first learns how to speak. Learning and applying what has been learned is an interdependent relationship, between the student, teacher, and society. (I caution you, I am about to depart from white man thinking).
    The role of the student is to develop the ability to communicate with and learn from the spirit as quickly as possible. Tesla, Einstien, and many better examples, “intuited” their knowledge. It was not taught by “Aliens from Sirius B” as people love to state about the Dogon. Had they learned that ability and had the tools to prove the mathematics early in life (Islam in a bottle), what could the possibilities have been.

    The role of the teacher is to provide the student with the tools to evaluate the truth of what has been received from the spirit. The spirit speaks in a symbolic language (i.e. dreams, flash of visual insight, etc.) The symbols can be rich with meaning or utter nonsense depending on how well the teacher encodes the symbol. Here in America, 90% of what is communicated will be nonsense since we have a lot of symbols in our mind devoid of truth (ex. Gray Aliens that want to check us for prostate cancer, Supermen that can fly through space, but chooses to work as a low-level employee at a newspaper.) If the symbols are carefully built up from the simple to the complex all based on the truth of how the spirit functions and communicates scientifically, then the student can use this language to learn from the source rather than proxies.

    The society had a need that this person’s birth fulfills. It is up to the society at large to ensure there is a place for this person when they mature. Using a team as an example. A team after reaching a certain size and under the demand of certain task will “subconsciously” demand leadership. Call it group consensus or other term meaning the same thing, in the end, a leader will emerge from the group. That leader may not be the best qualified on paper, but fits the subconscious needs of the group in as far as temperament. In this way, a leader is born from the group. This holds true for all needs of society. (side note: This is why African women were held as sacred. They were the vehicle through which a nation produced its most valuable resource. A wise woman in this regard is more important than a wise man.) If the society is ignorant but needs to grow, scientist are born. If a society needs to heal, prophets are born, etc. If education is to reach its goal, then society has to be able to deal with what it has birth.

  2. Thank you for your comment. I am happy that you found something of value in my works. “Teacher” is indeed the highest honorific, and it is inspirational.

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