The Washington Post reviewer of Suzanne Mettler's critique of political leaders' lack of support for higher education may or may not be on the mark.
Nick Anderson's review in the Sunday American-Statesman hits Mettler as more for wonks than the general public, which is off-putting, to say the least.
Regardless, it appears that what she has put together needs to be read by all of us.
Mettler appears to document the very troubling anti-higher-ed trend that began in the early '90s when our representatives at the federal and state levels decided to just stop funding college educations.
When I was a college student in the '60s, my tuition was very low and, thus, very affordable because the state and national governments felt they had a stake in whether I and my cohorts got a good education. We would be more productive, pay more in taxes and generally improve the country.
In the '90s, the push was to put more costs on families and individual students.
We have not been better off for this lack of support, and we will not be going forward, either. In fact, we are becoming worse off.
This is not the way to run a thriving democracy.
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