Buster graduated from college last month, and overall I am happy with his school experience, but I can’t say I was happy with the yearly 4% increase in tuition. No matter how much the president of the university claimed to be “working hard” to cut costs, we could depend on a 4-5% increase every single year. We might not have been getting pay raises, but someone was.
Reynolds writes that this bubble exists for the same reasons the housing bubble did. The government decided that too few people owned homes/went to college, so government money was poured into subsidized and sometimes subprime mortgages/student loans, with the predictable result that housing prices/college tuitions soared and many borrowers went bust. Tuitions and fees have risen more than 440 percent in 30 years as schools happily raised prices — and lowered standards — to siphon up federal money. A recent Wall Street Journal headline: “Student Debt Rises by 8% as College Tuitions Climb.”
Will will have you shaking your head as he discusses the intellectual wasteland some universities have become, more concerned with social engineering and political indoctrination than, um, hard sciences. You’ll want to read it all.
Speaking of books, I really want to find time to read Austen Ivereigh’s How to Defend the Faith Without Raising Your Voice: Civil Responses to Catholic Hot-Button Issues. I took a peek at it last night and was impressed with Ivereigh’s balanced tone and the way he begins each chapter by going straight to the “challenging questions” we Catholics are asked, provides background and “answering” information in focused exposition and then recaps the “key messages” that need to be emphasized. Ivereigh is a great writer and as the issue of religious freedom remains so much to the fore here in America (who ever thought I’d be writing that sentence) I think Ivereigh’s book could not be more timely, or useful.
Then again, there is always Father Pontifex.
Dawn Eden’s My Peace I Give You; Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints — useful in a completely different way. Meant for those struggling with the lifelong affects of sexual abuse, Eden takes the unique tack of bringing the saints into the effort, which is downright inspired. The book could be a life-changer for some.
You can read Dawn’s interview with Mary DeTurris Poust of OSV, here