The Conservative War On Education continues apace, with charters blooming everywhere...Because, as you know, schools that actually teach kids instead of warehousing them for the welfare state constitute a war on education.
...high-stakes testing cementing its grip on classrooms...Again, part of that pernicious conservative mindset that demands that kids actually learn something in the schools that our taxes are paying for.
...and legislators and pundits wondering what we need those stupid liberal arts colleges for anyway. (Isn't college about job prep? Who needs to know anything about art history, anthropology or ancient Greek?)Art Historians, Anthropologists and Historians would have uses for those. But how many art historians, anthropologists or historians will the market support? Taking money to teach kids skills that will not permit them to be gainfully employed after graduation is worse than converting colleges into technical schools that exclude any liberal arts background. Under the latter, kids come out with the basic skills needed to survive in the world, albeit a less interesting world, but they will be able to provide for themselves and their families. The former defrauds them, gives them useless degrees in boutique subjects that, at best, will provide them with a meager living as teachers, and at worst, consign them to the Occupy movement, where they will be left to lament their student debt and lack of available jobs that meet their expectations. If you're going to end up working a counter at Kinko's anyway, isn't it better not to be saddled with six figures of debt on top of that?
The entitlement mentality cripples these clowns, and they don't even know it.