All the Whining about Colleges Is Getting Old

Mount Ida College is the latest college to close.  It was like throwing gasoline on a fire. The whining has grown in intensity. The articles are flying off the presses (or blogs). Enough already!

You’d think the closure of a college was the end of the world. I recall what it was like when the board of Sweet Briar College voted to close the college. People blew their top. Which is fine. Personally, I don’t care how exercised anyone gets when their beloved alma mater fails, or how much money they want to toss at a failing enterprise. But it’s all the whining and refusal to accept reality that gets old. (Yes, I realize I’m whining about the whining. But there’s a larger point.) Continue reading

Things I Think About Education – Part I

Education may be the last bastion of mediocrity left in America. It also has become a contributing factor behind the massive inequality that now plagues our country at levels not seen since the lead up to the Great Depression.

By “education,” I mean our formal educational system. Fortunately, learning is far more important than education. And, fortunately, motivated people will figure out how to learn what’s important, with or without a strong educational system behind them. Moreover, there are still some great teachers in the system and pockets of excellence throughout, so the situation isn’t as bad as it could be. But it’s getting worse. Continue reading