In the article, “From Master Plan to No Plan: The Slow Death of Public Higher Education” we read about the trouble of public higher education. In 1966 governor of the time, Ronald Reagan, set off a problem which lasts till today in 2016. As stated in the article, “He vowed to “clean up that mess in Berkley.” Although wasn’t he the one to create that mess? The mess he was addressing to was of students protesting better education systems which Reagan had failed to pay/give attention to. Reagan says “…railed against spoiled children of privilege skipping their classes to go to protests.” But what can students do besides protest against high tuition rates?
There are so many people who would love to go to college and get an education, but they simply can’t afford it. How did we go from a world where college education would be free to a world where students come out of college sinking in debt? According to Aaron Bady and Mike Konczal Reagan, “…cut state funding for higher education, laid the foundations for a shift to a tuition-based funding model…” He did so because in his mind he thought that giving education to the state’s youth was a privilege for students, not a duty! But something very important to remember is that the growing workforce is always going to require a high education. Most people are not attending college because the government itself has limited the amount of education the public can receive. They have done this by treating colleges as a business place, instead of a place to learn.
Additionally colleges fail to meet the demand of people. Bady and Konczal state “…high quality private universities increased the amount of students they were willing to educate-if, in other words, the supply of good education were “elastic”, stretching to meet the demand of additional students.” This is true because students are finding themselves facing limited options. The only options they really have are to go to college and be in debt by taking out student loans, or they can choose to not go to college. But if students don’t attend college and get educated, then how will the future of the country prosper?
The actual problem is the inaction of the government. The demand for higher education is becoming more and more severe which is why Bady and Konczal have written this article. They introduced how Reagan started this whole issue on public education. The main problem was that he should have given education to people as a duty. He always thought of it as a privilege, but that has to be false since this country is a growing workforce. Although this all took place in California, it is an important part of their history. It initiated the crumbling of education. The issue was started in the 1960s and still continues to affect us in 2016.
Overall even though we are in Queens we should care about California’s higher education system because that problem is spreading all around. The problems with higher education are resulting with students dropping out, stressing out, or not attending college at all. This is a problem that needs to be fixed or else there will be chances of education not being given to people at all, and that will be the people’s choice themselves. There are chances of that happening since education is being given at a limited level.
In your opinion, how can we solve this problem of higher education?
What is the Master Plan? What do you think of it?
Bady, Aaron and Konczal, Mike.”From Master Plan to No Plan: The Slow Death of Public Higher Education.” DISSENT. N.P., 2012. https://www.dissentmagazine.org/article/from-master-plan-to-no-plan-the-slow-death-of-public-higher-education. Accessed 18 September 2016.