Oh, we’ll take their money, but if you’re expecting an education in return, well…better go someplace else.
Montana is a joke.
Our education system is worse.
Yesterday the Missoulian had an article entitled UM students frustrated by textbook shortages; bookstore struggles to adjust. Here are some excerpts:
Miranda Seith is an honors student who came to the University of Montana with a 4.9 GPA.
The freshman planned to hit the books in her first semester of college, but she can't get them all.
In one class, she could get just a couple of books out of the eight or so she needs.
In another class, she said students are passing around one book and sharing it until more texts become available.
Some students aren't expecting their materials until October, more than one month into the semester, and Seith herself has fallen behind in philosophy.
"We're already two chapters into the book that I don't have," Seith said.
What they don’t mention is that it was their failed management that created this problem.
Nor do they mention the failed “leadership” of UM President Engstrom.
And they damn-well don’t mention Steve Bullock’s continual doing-nothing over the U’s problems, and the Montana Democrats complete disregard for these problems.
Montana Democrats are the worst as they’d rather your child have a shitty education at exorbitant costs.
Why is that? Because they don’t want to alienate their union, MEA-MFT.
Folks, do not send your kids to college in Montana, or at least not in Missoula. While it’s true we have $2.5 million for study rooms that our slum-city athletes will never use, if you’re actually paying for college it’s better that you just go fuck yourself.
That’s right – go fuck yourself.
Sure as shit don’t come to Missoula and try to tell us that we have problems – we don’t want to hear that.
Didn’t you know that the president of UM is the highest paid state worker in Montana? He can do no wrong, and I don’t even want you to suggest that he can. Get in your place and shut the hell up.
Wow, what a rip-off! Who profits from that?
Check out this 2013 Priceonomics article called Why Are Textbooks So Expensive? It mentions that professors are eager to change out textbooks every two to three years. That’s how our textbook “oligopoly” came about in the 1990s.
College professors are terrible. They care nothing about you or your family’s finances, just their own little insular world.
Remember, academia doesn’t operate in the real world and results are never expected.
In January 2014 US News & World Report had an article called Report: High Textbook Prices Have College Students Struggling.
Back then the average for a year of textbooks was $1,200. Already UM is costing a lot more than average.
What do students get in return for this high cost?
A substandard education and no job prospects in the state. Wow, where the fuck do I sign up?
Going to UM was a waste of my time and money for me.
The education is substandard, the costs too high, and the results nothing worth writing home about.
I've educated myself more in the library for free. No one asks to see my degree; they ask how I can solve their problems.
People need skills, not an education. People need to save their money, not use it to pay for some old egghead's retirement.
Textbooks have gone up 82% in price over the past 10 years it’s reported.
Wow, why is that? Why are we profiting off the backs of our young?
Well, because we’ve been doing it for years with student loans. We’ve screwed them once and we’ll keep on screwing them.
What do you think Jesus would say to that?
I shouldn’t ask that – Montana Democrats will start rushing for the nearest tin-foil hat to hand me.
Montana Democrats continuously decry our crappy education in the state, yet I don’t see them doing anything to fix it.
Remember, that might alienate MEA-MFT, or their president, Eric Feaver, who makes $125,000 a year to keep things as they are.
He hurts Montana. Democrats allow him to keep doing so.
Montana Republicans do absolutely nothing for education save driving up costs while driving down quality.
Folks, do not send your young kids to Montana to go to school.
Probably a lot, but I’ll tell you right now that nothing will be done.
Nothing is profitable. Keeping the status quo is profitable. Robbing our kids and ruining their lives is profitable.
Nothing is going to change.
Today the New York Times had an article called Gaps in Alumni Earnings Stand Out in Release of College Data. The article tells us that people are not making as much money as those 10 or 20 years ago did.
Yes, alumni today aren’t very reliable for donations to their alma mater – they have no money.
At Bennington College in Vermont, over 48 percent of former students were earning less than $25,000 per year. A quarter were earning less than $10,600 per year. At Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, the median annual earnings were only $35,700. Results at the University of New Mexico were almost exactly the same.
There is an earnings gender gap at every top university. The size of the difference varies a great deal. At Duke, for example, women earned $93,100 per year on average, compared with $123,000 for men, a difference of $29,900. At Princeton, men earned more and women earned less, for a difference of $47,700. Women who enrolled at Cornell earned more than women who enrolled at Yale.
At the University of Cincinnati, a third of low-income students (from households earning less than $30,000 per year) had failed to pay back any of their student loans five years after graduation. At the University of Alabama, the number was roughly a quarter; at Wayne State University in Detroit, over 40 percent. At the for-profit University of Phoenix, nearly two-thirds of poor students are in these dire straits.
Or we could start doing like most of the rest of the world – give people college for free.
But that wouldn’t be profitable, now would it?
Profitable for whom?
How about your family?
Let’s stop enabling the rich man in this country. Let’s stop allowing them to ruin our lives.
Education is a great place to start, and UM is an example of what happens when we go down the wrong road.
That school is currently failing. It’s failing its students, its faculty, and its legacy.
UM President Royce Engstrom needs to be fired.
Steve Bullock is the man to do this.
He won’t, however, and your family will suffer. Your children will suffer.
Why are you hurting so many families, Steve? Why are you allowing this travesty to continue?