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Where Can I Get Some "Unmaking"?
|Posted By: Dick Schutz on August 16, 2011|
|Newfield's story is very different from the history that I've lived through.|
Public University enrollments have risen (except when the Universities have placed a lid on them) and so have university budgets. Although students sometimes have to go through the Community College portal to gain entrance to a public university, there is "full access" and many Universities are actively recruiting students from other countries--to get higher tuition fees.
Reagan did take action to stop the near-Revolution at Berkeley, but this was not by any means aimed at "unmaking the University, and Berkeley thrived under the Reagan presidency.
The "assault of the middle class" has not been "Forty-Years" It's been in the last decade or so when the income difference between the rich and the middle income population has increased dramatically. The increase in this margin has been accompanied by a sharp rise in tuition fees. The Student Loan burden has been on the backs of impoverished and middle class families, but that has been only one factor in the larger assault on the middle class. It has affected Public Universities very little.
While there indeed has been at least a ten-year assault on public schools at the pre-collegiate level, that's a whole nother story. The commitment of the Race to the Top is to deliver high school graduates who are college [and career] ready by 2020. This envisions a "college" landscape that is no different than it is now..
If this is "unmaking," I'll take all of it I can get.