This is not a story that just appeared this week but has been decades in building to this point in history. During that time the colleges have been increasing tuition because of government subsidies (read student loans) to many students who are not qualified to even go to college. At the same time professor’s salaries have sky rocketed and classes have been added to increase student population for the money and those classes do not lead to a path of success. If those classes are not laying a solid “brick path” to jobs and professions they should be dropped.
Here’s my solution. Cut programs. Cut salaries including administrations that are much too big. Get the Federal Government out of student loans. (Where did Obama get the authority to take that away from the banks?) Create more secondary schools that feature degrees or certified ones that lead into healthcare, electronics, etc. Increase skill and trade schools that meet the demand and supply of what is happening in the economy. Even truck drivers OTR make huge wages every year. I know, my son is one.
Now, if colleges can’t figure out how to cure these problems with all the smart professors on staff who are teaching economics, etc. then they deserve to fail. Do you know what happens to Christian colleges who fail due to falling student enrollment? They close or merge. Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tennessee in just one recent example. They are closing the campus in April that has been open for nearly 70 years. It will be a loss to the Christian community but times take their toll. It is not the first Christian college to fail in the last 50 years. But, they refuse to take any government bailout because they do not want government taking control.
Finally, the biggest problem is the breakdown of the family that is the foundation of all the above. You can’t have success in schools where discipline is nonexistent. You can’t find success in families where daddies fail to show up for the birth of the child they created. You can’t have success when government makes it easier than ever for individuals and families to become wards of the state. That is nothing but modern slavery. Something we thought we got rid of following the Civil War.
What is the solution? How about asking God back into our lives and nation? How about dads learning to lead again and women learning to keep themselves chaste until they are married? We must find answers or the American dream will become a distant page in the annals of history.