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Forum Post: Why aren't you protesting the universities and Salli Mae?

Posted 12 years ago on Oct. 17, 2011, 6:53 p.m. EST by Rael (176)
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It seems to me that the argument most seem to have that actually carries weight is how the cost of education has skyrocketed to the point that while you can't afford to be without one, getting one is crippling financially. I have a 50 y/o friend that when he went to pharmacy school 26 years ago it was $800 a semester. Now it is over $40,000 a semester for the same school. This should be where you are protesting.



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[-] 1 points by justwantanaccount (68) from Ann Arbor Charter Township, MI 12 years ago

According to this article http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/aug/29/academic-publishers-murdoch-socialist the main costs of universities comes from academic publishing.

"Journal fees account for a significant component of universities' costs, which are being passed to their students."

Although, recently they seem to have lowered the costs as a response . . . ? http://www.nature.com/content/npg/High_Impact/index.html

[-] 1 points by EndTheFedNow (692) 12 years ago

This is why college is so absurdly expensive:


You can enter any school into the search field. I used the University of Michigan which is typical.

[-] 1 points by melbel61 (113) 12 years ago

I agree, why is that 'education' and the cost is never scrutinized. You want to blame Wall Street for its excesses, absolutely, but what about the excesses of the cost of education? Why does it cost $20,000 per year at a state school for a liberal arts degree? And just like the mortgage bubble, the same will happen to the school loan program. Individuals taking out loans that they may never be able to pay back? How many of us will protest the bailout of the higher education universities?

[-] 1 points by TheJoining88 (13) 12 years ago

I disagree with the notion of having to have a degree to survive. It is because of your degree and the lies you learned you are out of work. Jobs are plentiful as the world has much work to be done. You just have to be willing to do the job and not whine like little girls when life isn't all video games and beer pong... Pray and do good in the world, work hard and be happy and fulfilled. Leave the rest to the Lord to be sorted out on his day...

[-] 1 points by mbsss (92) 12 years ago

Degrees do not lead to survival, but education does. It's a bit harsh to suggest that the universities propagate "lies", but it is true that the system of higher education is now so "business-like" that it has become more interested in producing graduates for the sake of graduates rather than in developing specially trained engineers, doctors, physicists, biologists, veterinarians, historians, poets, and more. Facilities, and labs, cost a lot too--but things are out of hand--and far too big--and far too expensive. And students from high school, who WANT to be trades people, or to start their own enterprises, are often made to feel as though they were second-rate citizens (unless they happen to get as lucky as someone like Bill Gates or Steve Jobs).