…by Bruce Thornton, should be read by all parents, students, alums, donors, and taxpayers. Here is an excerpt:
If you have a child in college or are yourself a college graduate, university panhandlers are constantly pestering you for money. Public institutions have seen state-money diminish, and private schools are competing fiercely to offer students the frills and amenities that keep prestige – and the salaries of administrators – high. The solution for both is to hit up alumni and the parents of students for the extra money needed to fund expansionist ambitions.
Meanwhile, the universities have failed miserably at doing what presumably justifies their taxpayer subsidies…
…[T]ell them no…and send a check instead to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, or the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, or the National Association of Scholars, or anyone else committed to restoring higher education to its true purpose: teaching young people how to be free citizens with independent minds.