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  •  really appreciated this diary. Some good food for (0+ / 0-)

    thought, and it provided information that isn't always offerred in the usual "why is a university education so damned expensive" piece.

    I am fighting off the urge to boycott the whole living on campus, university experience due to the great expense, but just can't seem to do it quite yet.

    We are biting the bullet for a bit longer, operating within this paradigm and paying through the nose for it.  I will keep a close eye on whether it is truly a good investment as we move along in these next few years, and will change it up if I feel we are being fleeced for anything other than a solid education for her.

    In the meantime, let us hope our government doesn't continue to move in the direction of higher education becoming completely unaffordable for most Americans.  It is extremely shortsighted and self-destructive to a country, and we have to do whatever we can to eliminate voting for people who will facilitate those who want to see our society educate only the rich.  

    We need to vote for more and better Dems and/or Independents who realize the value of a solid public education system--and don't fall for the BS of these "reformer" types who want to privatize everything and make it available only to the wealthy.

    If the plutocrats begin the program, we will end it. -- Eugene Debs.

    by livjack on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 01:53:32 PM PDT

    •   "her," meaning my daughter. (0+ / 0-)

      If the plutocrats begin the program, we will end it. -- Eugene Debs.

      by livjack on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 01:57:41 PM PDT

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    •  More and Better Dems - YES (0+ / 0-)

      What I want to do with this diary is to help dispel the notion that the universities and colleges are the villains, because there's been an awful lot of that going around.

      My son, who is now in college, came home one day from third grade talking about how people who work for the state are lazy good-for-nothings.  He got fed that line in third grade!  I asked him if he thought that his aunt and uncle were lazy-good-for-nothings and he said of course not.  Well, I explained to him, they are state employees.  They work really hard.  So you know 2 state employees.  And they work really hard.  That's 2 for 2, 100%.  So perhaps that idea you had that all state workers are lazy-good-for-nothings was wrong.

      Happily, he's developed good critical thinking skills now.

      The privatization of everything is a failed strategy.  And it is definitely a recipe for disaster in education.

      Let's elect more and better democrats to make sure we can move FORWARD.

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