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    Default How the American University was Killed in Five Easy Steps

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    1: You defund public higher education. [Check]
    2: You deprofessionalize and impoverish the professors [Check]
    3: You move in a managerial/administrative class who take over governance of the university. [Check]
    4: You move in corporate culture and corporate money [Check]
    5: Destroy the Students [Check x10]

    Let us make a comparison to the Nordic Countries, shall we?
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    Well hey. If it was killed in 5 steps then it went down like Rasputin.

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    Yet America can still take advantage of the Nordic school system by making it really easy to start a business, so we can spend very little on education and still import well educated workers from abroad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haven View Post
    Yet America can still take advantage of the Nordic school system by making it really easy to start a business, so we can spend very little on education and still import well educated workers from abroad.
    Yet the population of America is uneducated as opposed to other countries. Yet, there are other countries that are cheaper to start up than over here.

    Think of the revolving circle. We import every smart person from another country while the people living here become more and more dumb. While we pay the people moving here less because we tax them less, the average person living here gets paid less and less in equivalency while getting less and less benefits.

    Now, I wonder why other countries are taking our jobs. It sure isn't because of the other countries.

    We also get a greater return by funding and keeping education low here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rail Tracer View Post
    https://junctrebellion.wordpress.com...ve-easy-steps/

    1: You defund public higher education. [Check]
    2: You deprofessionalize and impoverish the professors [Check]
    3: You move in a managerial/administrative class who take over governance of the university. [Check]
    4: You move in corporate culture and corporate money [Check]
    5: Destroy the Students [Check x10]

    Let us make a comparison to the Nordic Countries, shall we?
    http://imgur.com/oJrAl
    I'm pretty sure political populism had (and still has) a severe negative impact on higher education. Back when college access was scarce, those who had college degrees were usually guaranteed a stable and lucrative career. To get the votes, and/or sometimes due to misguided idealism, a politician would promise the unwashed masses access to education, which implied access to better wages and better career opportunities. Of course college, like everything else, costs money (money that the people bitching about lack of opportunities do not have), so student loans were widely distributed and subsidized by the government. So now we have a lot of people with a bunch of easy money, eager to spend them. To meet the demand, universities first expanded to accommodate the influx of new students, and then flat out started raising tuition to take advantage of the new influx of student loan money. Tuition prices went up as a result, at which point poor people bitched about the lack of ability to get into college AGAIN, and politicians pushed for more student loans AGAIN, and colleges raised the tuition AGAIN, etc. Then whenever there is a high turnover of money, it inadvertently attracts unsavory folks (which in this case happened to be private lenders, and the new breed of university admin hustlers who wanted to get in on the action). The student loan business is a profitable undertaking, and the people who control profitable undertakings like to protect their cheddar. Luckily for them (but unfortunately for everyone else), the US allows corporate and special interests to influence (read: bribe) politicians into passing laws designed to benefit the special interest. Those laws included bankruptcy reform, which made student loans non-dischargeable in bankruptcy (i.e. minimizing the risk to lenders and turning now "educated" unwashed masses into indentured servants). And of course, just because we have a whole bunch of graduates with freshly printed degrees, doesn't mean there are fancy white collar jobs waiting for them. We can't ALL be business managers. SOMEBODY has to make burgers and then declog toilets an hour after those burgers were sold and eaten.

    TL;DR Poor people where promised the moon by the politicians, but since nobody wanted to actually pay for the moon, poor people got stuck with the bill (and American University system was ruined in the process)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haven View Post
    Yet America can still take advantage of the Nordic school system by making it really easy to start a business, so we can spend very little on education and still import well educated workers from abroad.
    The Nordic countries are consistently rated as some of the best places to start up new businesses.

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