Yes, teachers and professors should be paid well, if they are good, but otherwise the system stinks!
By Jack E. Lohman
Our economy depends on education, as bad as it is. College budgets are easily driven up by unjustified salaries and building expansions, and even mandated classes that aren’t needed (my favorite is “liberal arts”).
We need “good” education in the health, manufacturing and technology fields, and we should quit spending money like it’s going out of style (like this $76.8 million athletic shindig at University of Wisconsin-Madison).
Let’s cut to the chase.
College tuition should be zero…
… though perhaps a token repayment on graduation could be fairly finagled. But getting into college should be weighted not by your parent’s wealth, but by the student’s intelligence and entry exams and grades in high school. I want my doctor to be smart first, and if he happens to be also be rich, that’s secondary.
Some kids really want to attend and can’t, and some don’t want to but are pressured to. So we as a nation educate a bunch of disinterested students and exclude kids who would be great.
Oh, that’s socialism???
So what? We should have more of it, at least in certain areas (like health care and education). And we have socialized police and fire and defense and K-8 schooling. Socialized health care and education has worked quite well in Sweden and other countries, though our conflicted politicians tend to avoid successes elsewhere.
Clearly, bureaucrats running education needs some intelligent handling, if that’s at all possible.
For the “people” it is great, but for ideologues and corrupt politicians it sucks. Campaign cash from teacher unions and even CEOs that prefer a dumbed-down work force that must compete with smarter countries paves the way.
So here we have it: *IF* politicians were not on everybody else’s payroll, what decisions would they be making for our country’s best interest? We’ll never correct top 1% greed, but we CAN correct political corruption. Even China has a decent start.