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Forum Post: Occupy College - Here's Why

Posted 4 years ago on Nov. 1, 2011, 7:56 p.m. EST by thebeastchasingitstail (1912)
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From: http://www.thenation.com/article/164209/occupy-college

I grew up in a blue-collar middle-class family in Middletown, Ohio, once named an All-American City. My dad worked at the local steel factory as a machinist, and my mom was an office manager at the local orthodontist’s office. I had a good life growing up—we took vacations every year to Myrtle Beach, four kids and six suitcases crammed into a Chevy. We always had healthcare and didn’t really lack for anything. My parents were able to pay for me to go to a state college out of their own pocket. I worked only during winter and summer breaks, and that was basically so I would have money to spend on college life, not on college itself. I focused on my studies, graduated in four years and left college with zero debt.

Today, my story isn’t possible for a new generation. That steel factory, which once employed about half of the town’s workers, now has jobs for less than one-fifth. And the workers were locked out for about one year in the early 2000s.

College tuition at my alma mater has nearly tripled since I graduated in 1993.

My mom lost her job and now makes half of what she made before, and she was without healthcare for two years before becoming eligible for Medicare. Middletown, that once All-American City, was listed on Forbes’s Top 10 “Fastest-Dying Towns.”

Read more: http://www.thenation.com/article/164209/occupy-college



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[-] 4 points by beautifulworld (22129) 3 weeks ago

Colleges and universities have been financialized. They no longer exist solely to educate our children. They exist to make profit, and make profit they do, for the "non-profit" colleges, too, make profit when they hoard money in their "endowments."

Everything in this country comes down to the almighty dollar these days. Nothing is sacred and we're gonna pay dearly for it in ways much bigger than money.

[-] 3 points by ImNotMe (770) 3 weeks ago

''The issue of making college tuition-free has recently come to the fore in American politics, largely because the two leading contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, have each championed it. Sanders has called for free undergraduate tuition at public colleges and universities, to be financed by a tax on Wall Street speculation, while Clinton has done the same, although with some qualifications and a different funding mechanism.

''The major argument for free public college and university education is the same as for free public education in general: like the free public elementary and high schools already existing in the United States, free public higher education provides educational opportunity for all.

''Actually, until fairly recently, the United States had a free or virtually free system of public higher education. In 1862, to provide educational opportunity for the "sons of toil," the U.S. Congress passed the Morrill Act, establishing land-grant public colleges and universities on a tuition-free basis. For roughly a century thereafter, many American public colleges and universities either charged no tuition or a nominal fee for attendance. The State University of New York (SUNY) system - the largest in the nation - remained tuition-free until 1963. The University of California system, established in 1868, had free tuition until the 1980s.

''... tuition-free college makes a lot of sense, which explains why Americans established it in the first place.'' - excerpted and abridged in reply to your true comment from ...

Finally - it is no use knowing the Mere Price of something - IF people do not understand its True Value!

ad iudicium ...

[-] 3 points by beautifulworld (22129) 2 weeks ago

The value of education is much deeper than the tuition itself or the "endowments" of these greedy institutions. The value lies in the very nature of who we want to be as a people.

I was dumbfounded during the last GOP debate when Marco Rubio said we need more welders, less philosophers. Nothing against welders, but hell, we need both. We need MORE philosophers. For goodness sake, without philosophers our society crumbles into a meaningless void of nothingness.

We need education to get back to what it is supposed to be, to strengthen the collective mind of the human race. To make us more thoughtful and insightful, to keep us moving forward in a positive way, to create a quality of life that surpasses materialism. Education is not supposed to exist just to create profit in jobs. We are losing our way if we don't support an education system that is available to all and open to the overall improvement of humanity.

The core of our very being is at risk here.

[-] 3 points by ImNotMe (770) 2 weeks ago

''We need education to get back to what it is supposed to be, to strengthen the collective mind of the human race.'' Ditto & sometimes I wonder if TPTB don't really want to 'over-educate' us ... in case we start joining dots and asking some serious questions. Like: whyTF is there so much debt and what'd happen if we moved the decimal point to the right a few places?

Can any of us really consider themselves truly free - who live in:

Yes, the ''core of our being is at risk'' - from a myriad dark forces but chief amongst which is ... USURY! That's not just my opinion btw - as all the three major Abrahamic faiths clearly forbid onerous interest to be paid indefinitely and generationally. So how about - Jubilee anyone?! Also fyi .. http://strikedebt.org/

radix omnium malorum est cupiditas ...

[-] 3 points by beautifulworld (22129) 1 week ago

"University students hold anti-racism protests across US," today, 11/18/15. Of course you have to get this news from a British newspaper as I haven't heard of this anywhere else.


Our young people are waking up. Thank god. Student debt protests last week. Anti-racism protests this week. Niiiice.

[-] 3 points by ImNotMe (770) 1 week ago

Re. ''waking up'', remember this ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lv0smG7ptcM - by Rep. Dennis Kucinich from Ohio? What changed already? The kids, bless 'em,really are waking up as they don't get their news and views from ''ABCNNBCBS''/Fox Spews, any more thank goodness - but alas their voting parents & worse, their grandparents, are still influenced heavily by that shit on TV. The real issues may lay here and how Bernie Sanders, Kshama Sawant & the likes of Dennis Kucinich (where he?!) tap into the non-voting majority {if we include those unable or unregistered to vote!!} IF The 99% are to succeed:

99% Solidarity to The Students! Looks like Protest Is Not Quite Dead Yet'! No Struggle = No Progress!

per aspera ad astra ...

[-] 3 points by turbocharger (1756) 2 weeks ago

Education is not supposed to exist just to create profit in jobs.- I agree 100%.

[-] 1 points by Shule (2378) 1 week ago

Take a 5% inflation rate (conservative) over 22 years (2015 -1993). The increase of prices at such rate over time computes to about 3. So, College tuition costs just kept pace with everything else; nothing more demanding than they have always been. So the cost of college in and of it self is really not the problem. But certainly something else. - like maybe no more decent jobs around?