For example: I remember when education used to be free. The public schools provided books, pencils, papers, crayons, glue, scissors, etc. so that we could learn without the stress of the teacher saying “we can do this if you bring in some paper and pens.”
I remember when school used to be safe for the students, the staff and anyone entering the premises.
I remember when I went to Community College I paid $5 a unit for classes I needed to better myself in this world. I usually took 12-15 units and my total tuition ran between $50-$75 for the semester. I remember buying NEW books that were about $8 and how fortunate I felt if I could buy a used book for under $5.
I remember transferring to the University and paying $12 a unit for undergraduate classes. My tuition ran between $144 and $160 a semester and my books were between $50 and $75. I remember even selling my used books back and getting back enough so that I could purchase my books for the next semester.
I remember going to graduate school and paying $20 a unit and graduating with a Master’s Degree at the cost of $1000 for the entire two years, including books.
Today [Wed Nov 10th]! The Regents of the CSU raised tuition in a two-tier step for those attending the CSU schools. Today, when unemployment is so high; when people are not able to pay their rent and/or mortgage; where going to college is no longer a privilege nor a right; where more and more people are living on the streets, in their cars, and under bridges; where the outlook for the future is bleak, the wealthy regents raise the price of tuition. Here is the announcement from the Regents:
“The CSU Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved a plan to raise tuition for undergraduate, graduate and credential programs by 15.5 percent by next fall. A day earlier the board’s finance committee voted 6-1 for the measure.
Tuition will rise by 5 percent in the winter and spring terms and another 10 percent next fall, when California resident undergraduates will pay $4,884 annually.
Cal State students are protesting the increases in tuition, which rose more than 30 percent over the past year.
CSU trustees say they need to raise student fees again to offset deep cuts in state funding that have led to staff furloughs, fewer courses and enrollment reductions.”
It seems to me that this plan will mean that many students will need to drop out of school because they cannot afford to continue their education. Many already have student loans and cannot afford more of them. And…if students drop out, there will not be any need for “staff furloughs” because there will no longer be a need for classes.
This is somewhat akin to the NFL and their “blackout rule” re: watching football games on TV if the game is not sold out. The cost of the ticket is too high for most of us now, so we do not get the benefit of watching our team. If higher education is so expensive, then people will not be able to attend college.
The UC Regents are also meeting and probably will raise tuition to the UC campus’ within the next few days. Maybe it is time to bring back the vocational schools so that people can learn how to provide for themselves while pursuing other goals.
See… I remember when there used to be vocational schools where one could learn a trade that would provide an adequate income for the rest of that person’s life.
I remember when service stations had people that pumped your gas; checked your oil; cleaned your windshield; checked to make sure that they had the right amount of pressure in their tires, etc.
I could go on and on about those things I remember – but I won’t.
It wouldn’t help anyway.