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Training vs. Educating and the Plight of Obama’s Education Plans

July 14, 2009
Brooklyn College Walk-Out
Image by Gabriel Liendo via Flickr

Inside Higher Ed, which I routinely like to shred with my morning coffee, so I may be indulging now, equates job training with education in community colleges: David Moltz’s InsideHigherEd article “Aligning Jobs and Training”:

I went on to Burntout Adjunct’s site for the communique regarding this blunder, and I was surprised, but happy to find a good critique of Obama’s educational plans:

At the risk of being cast out of acceptable society, I have to say that Obama, on this, is shortsighted and wrong.  By middling, pandering to the job sector, he is asking higher education to limit its mission.  When has the limitation of the exploration of ideas into what is marketable ever benefited anyone?

Put away the Shakespeare and Romantic Poets, our kids need to learn advanced PowerPoint and how to sort their Excel spreadsheets.  Or, they need to know how to properly take the dictation of the really educated Doctor class.

I, too, worry that Obama, who has a Harvard law degree, along with is wife, who has a Harvard law degree and whom send their children to private schools are willing to short-change the rest of this nation’s children even as they push their own to the forefront.  Here is a highly educated power couple (The First Couple) that believes in, pays for, and raises their own children in private schooling stating that 2-year community college degrees are advantageous for everybody else.

I have long thought, and posted a few times about college tuition costing too much and not giving enough value, and you can see how college tuition costs are rising at double the rate of inflation at my post here:

College Tuition Rates Beat Rates of Inflation: It Just Costs Too Much

But, I am pretty annoyed that the couple who has invested so much in their education, and in the education of their children would state that focusing on 2-year degrees fixes the situation.  Would they be satisfied with their own children getting a 2-year degree?  They didn’t settle for that themselves.  No, what I would like to see happen is to place some caps on the rates at which tuition can increase if the schools receive government funding or support programs.  How about offering a 4-year degree to everyone, and if that doesn’t work, then we can lower expectations.

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