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I wouldn't know, but do you however disagree with their points? The logic is rather simple
1. Tuition being charged is outpacing inflation - and has been for the past several decades.
2. The value people see is not rising by the same amount - in fact to the point that with many degrees people are having difficulty finding jobs and when they can they aren't well paying - so it's no longer a strong investment.
3. Of the $1 trillion in student debt loans 80% is funded by the government in various forms (state and federal), while 20% is private.
Therefore some is going to give. It's not sustainable and therefore it can't be sustained - and yes, I know that's a tautology and that's sort of what makes it scary... when it comes crumbling down, there is going to be a lot of "friction"
Conservatives have always opposed a classic liberal education. They don't want people learning about The Enlightenment, Philosophy and other studies in the Humanities.
To conservatives, human beings are resources, like trees or water. When you start educating them, they start questioning things. They start to reject their idea they (and especially others) are a resource that is to be used and used up.
This is why conservatives love spreading religion. For them a perfect world are throngs of obedient slaves, clinging to the hope of Jesus greeting them warmly upon death. Pretty sad.
Ok I accept that claim and criticism - though I reject its conclusions. There are many on the right who also believe in the value of a liberal arts education. I think there's value to be had as well - but I also think that it should be integrated into a more general body of knowledge like critical thinking for any discipline.
That being said, I don't think society should be subsidizing any of this education given that the value is most accrued by individuals themselves. Countless studies also show that it is often already the wealthiest who avail themselves of these degrees as well - so why is it necessary to further subsidize them? Instead limit the amount of borrowing from government if it's absolutely necessary at all and let private firms charge market interest rates and accept the risks of default (and for goodness sakes, let students go bankrupt on their debts).
If you're looking to get an education without being productive to society, then why should society be responsible for paying for you? In an era where there just isn't the money any more, and that the costs are increasing far faster than inflation, something has got to give. Why is it costing so much more to give a liberal arts education is also a question you should be asking beyond its intrinsic value?
Liberally educated people are better creative and critical thinkers....i.e. they question authority and the status quo. This is a huge value to progress and society.
If history has shown us anything, its that non critical thinking people are repeatedly manipulated by the powerful....and not just to do things against their self interest, but also the interests of others and even humanity. Non critical thinkers tend toward black/white thinking and commit more crimes, especially child abuse and hate crimes. And the big dangerous one...they're much more likely to follow authority than to question it or even oppose it.
Conservative education can be summed up as: Respect authority and tradition. People who rebel, criticize and question things are bad because they want to destroy what we built. And if you're on the short end of the stick...just remember that Jesus died for your sins, and if you obey, He will write your name in The Book of Life.
Apparently you didn't get a liberal arts education if your view is truly as rigid as you seem to argue. You don't need to have a liberal arts degree in order to have critical thinking skills. I am skeptical that liberal arts majors - different than "liberally educated people", are particularly better at critical thinking. Do you have any proof?
I would suggest for instance, that many computer programmers are far more skeptical of authority than many liberal arts majors. What is a conservative education? Sorry, your arguments are so lacking in reason it's difficult to understand what your argument and why you decided not to answer the basic question of why the cost of liberal arts has risen so dramatically in the last few decades without a commensurate improvement in quality or in numbers.
I didn't answer your question because the answer is pretty obvious.
Federal and state funding has all but dried up! Google "UC education state funding reduction" for a complete explanation. Outsourcing held other prices down, while education is more labor and real estate intensive.
Three years ago, I paid $2.25/gal for gas...now its $3.89. When was the last time you heard conservatives complain about that??? Oh yes, I forgot, objective information is not their game. Its usually Exxon, Koch Brothers, etc. who fund the think tanks behind these 'studies' that you seem so intent on spreading.
The biggest waste of education money is a business degree. Working in sales, I found my psychology and philosophy classes much better at teaching me to think on my feet. Business degrees are crap because they teach memorization...not critical thinking. Philosophy teaches the mechanics of thinking behind the great masters. History teaches the strategy and thinking of the greats who made history. Business degrees are memorization of the latest buzzwords and management fads. (Quick...what are the 4 P's of marketing...lol)