Posts Tagged: student loans
I don’t consider myself a political person. To me, there are no “wrong” political beliefs. I believe that democracy means respecting everyone’s right to her opinion. And if I were forced to declare my own political views, I would have to reluctantly admit that, out of cynicism and self-interest, I find myself increasingly leaning towards the right....more
If the current economic state of academia seems grim, well, it is.
In an essay for Dissent, Claire Goldstene plumbs the ins and outs of student-loan debt, the exploitation of adjunct professors, and what it all means for the country at large (hint: bad stuff):
This connection between a more egalitarian politics and a liberal arts education that disrupts the status quo animates the continued assault by conservative forces against higher education, one manifested in reduced public funding for universities, a business-like insistence on quantifiable outcomes, and greater numbers of contingent faculty.
There’s been a lot of talk the last few years about the increased cost of a college degree, and how government aid hasn’t kept pace with need. Lots of politicians and activists have spoken and written about ways to address the crushing debt that many students (myself among them) have left college under....more