As the President has made abundantly clear, he believes the nation needs more post-high school education. He’s lobbying for it. He’s speaking about it. He’s even putting our money where his mouth is.
And then you read info like this (as reported in the Los Angeles Times) stating that University of California’s freshman class drops by 6.8%:
Freshman enrollment at the University of California will be 6.8% lower this fall, a drop of 2,603 students from last year that closely matches a reduction the university sought because of budget shortfalls, UC officials said Tuesday.
In all, 35,435 students from California and other states have told one of UC’s nine undergraduate campuses that they intend to enroll as fall freshmen, compared with 38,038 last year.
Geez, what to do? On one hand we know what needs to be done. We need to invest more money in education at every level of the system. On the other hand, the citizens of the U.S. are going to have to pay for it and the only way the government gets to pay for anything is by spending the tax money of its citizens.
So who’s up for higher taxes? Obviously, not enough of us. Matter of fact, we want lower taxes. Or better yet, no taxes. But we want all the services… please don’t cut those.
What is the cost of a highly educated citizenry? What is the expense of a poorly educated citizenry? It all brings to mind one of my favorite quotes of all time:
If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.
Or as the sign says, “Get a brain, MORANS!” (Go USA)