I always say "Knowledge is the great equalizer." Knowledge comes in many ways but primarily through learning at school and then applying the principles learned. The United States is far behing other industrial countries when it comes to supporting its citizens' education. If ever there was a program that should be subsidized for the present and future it is education. I understand taxes are required for many programs but none are as important as education and knowledge. Education and Knowledge will prevent many of the other social ills that we pay our taxes to now (prisons, unemployment, re-training, welfare, ...). We need to build the foundation for all to learn, all we do now is throw out a handout (door) every now and then and expect everyone to walk in and be saved.
I wrote the post below last year at this time. Guess what was in today's paper (2006 Tuition Rates) and again I say...
And You Wonder Why?
Why is it every year college tuition rates in the state of Michigan get higher? Each year they have a different excuse as to why tuition must rise. This year it's because...
Colleges say there's no choice in face of dwindling state aid
Governor Granholm says "To me, these are unacceptable numbers, I would ask that the boards and university regents to reconsider how much they are raising tuition. I know they will all say it's because of state cuts. I just want to push back and say, 'Figure out a way to streamline, to tighten your belts the way the state has done.' "
qualityg says… it’s like old joke about “why do dogs lick…? Because They Can!
Michigan State is hiking their tuition (remember this is just tuition) 13.5% to $7,944.00. And you know they don’t even give me a discount for having two children that are presently attending the University.
I get a laugh at the two quotes shown above (no not mine). Now you tell me two other industries (government & education) that have no idea on the long-term effects of their actions. They both are constantly in a “reactive” mode, no process checks and accountabilities, just spend (research), spend, lay off folks, spend some more on research, and then provide the public with scare tactics because now our kids can’t compete because we can’t afford to send them to Universities (even in our own state).
I’ve written before about competition and education, this is no game.
I could have put this into my FOOL category, but let me ask the Regents, Governor and our state legislature three questions.
1) What is your Purpose?
2) Am I too stupid to think the Governor didn’t know the colleges would be raising rates today?(I don’t care if you did not know the exact figures)? Why does she “react” after the tuition rates come in the Paper?
Please do not give the standard political answers. If it was handled prior to the announcement it would not look like you are fighting for the students.
Here is the statement on top of every Mega Millions Lottery Ticket:
100% of Michigan Lottery Profits Go to our Public Schools.
Who or what department is responsible for this revenue? How is the money broken down (admin vs supplies vs textbooks, et...) and distributed?
I've got a better chance at winning the lottery than I do getting answers that are not slanted by personal agendas.
And You Wonder Why?