Higher Education Becomes Even More Unequal–and a Radical Proposal

By Cathy Davidson|April 21, 2015|Reflection|2 comments

Here’s an interesting blog:  http://bryanalexander.org/2015/04/20/higher-education-becomes-even-more-unequal-and-a-major-proposal/   What do you think?

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  1. “Monies wouldn’t go to tuition, as per Obama’s plan, but to student support services. After all, community colleges are, by far, the least expensive higher education option, and their students often need the most help.” Yes, please! Metrocards, books, paid internships on campus, more computers on campus, functional wifi… just to list a few useful places this new money could go.

    This blog also makes me wonder how these Universities could help more people afford THEIR schools. Many middle income and low income and even upper income individuals/families can’t drop the large bundle of money they charge. Perhaps their surplus wealth could adjust their tuition scale for many who cannot swing the exorbitant cost.

  2. As this blogger notes, the ever-growing gap between the richest colleges and everyone else is but a microcosm for American society at large, highlighting yet again the inevitable inequalities that arise as a consequence of an unchecked free market system.

    It’s difficult to not feel overwhelmed by the state of public investment in education, because it is impossible to divorce it from the society in which this system is embedded. I’m all for these radical solutions, and these proposals–higher taxation for the wealthy, more social support for citizens, and a more centralized distribution system to ensure greater equity–echo those called for in any conversation about inequality. What I find overwhelming is just how fundamental of an ideological overhaul would be needed to instigate changes of this nature.

    But I am no defeatist, and bemoaning the difficulties of such a proposal is not only obvious, but it can only get us so far. In this sense, I think that framing this conversation in terms of education is incredibly powerful. Education. Something that everyone ostensibly has equal access to, according to democratic ideals. Something that should not discriminate. But this is clearly not the case, has not been the case for some time, and will not be the case if the current system is left unchecked.

    I’m not sure if the topic of educational equality is dominating public discourse to an unprecedented degree, or if I just feel this way by virtue of being highly involved in this issue in the last couple of years (perhaps it’s a combination of both). But I feel optimistic about the level and the kinds of conversations taking place in this realm. The unnerving prediction in this blog that this bifurcation trend will only continue if things remain as they are seems too apocalyptic to me. The stakes are too high and the conversation right now is too loud.

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