Bill Maher is a liberal, but every so often, he does do a good job of blowing a hole in some idea beloved by the Left. That’s what Maher did in this segment criticizing the idea that we should take tax dollars from people who didn’t go to college and use that money to pay off the college loans of people that did, even though the statistics show those people with degrees make more money.
Maher went on to criticize colleges for dumbing down the quality of their education and inflating grades, which is again on the mark. He said:
“I know that free college is a leftwing thing, but is it really liberal for someone who doesn’t go to college and makes less money to pay for people who do go and make more? Especially since colleges have turned into giant luxury daycare centers with overpaid babysitters anxious to indulge every student whim. Why is China kicking our ass? Because in 2019, we’ve issued more undergrad degrees in visual and performing arts than in computer and information science or math. Say what you want about Lori Loughlin, at least she understood that one good scam deserves another. And in the immortal words of her daughter Olivia Jade, ‘I don’t know how much school I’m going to attend. … but I do want the experience of like, game days and partying.’ Yeah, I’m not f—in paying for that.”
The thing making the headlines is Maher noting that it’s not liberal to ask people making less to pay for the education of people that will make more (and it certainly ain’t conservative either). You could also add to the fact that it’s not right to ask people that have already paid for college to pay for someone else’s schooling. Maher also made a great point when he noted that colleges are increasingly becoming focused on giving students what they want (A fun atmosphere, good grades, easy courses) instead of what they need (A real education in subjects that will make them more productive). This is one of the same problems the news business has in 2021. Not everything works well when it’s done for purely commercial purposes.
Last but not least, it’s worth noting something Maher didn’t cover and that is the way our colleges are set up today is ridiculous in the era of Zoom and Skype. Why don’t we have the professors in America teaching Zoom classes to millions of students, who perhaps show up at a warehouse to take their tests, then leave? Those few professors would make much more, those students would pay much less and we could probably dramatically improve the quality of the education those students received. At this point, we’re continuing on with a broken, inefficient system mostly because university professors are almost always liberals in good standing, not because it’s the best for the students or society.
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