Wossamotta U was the alma mater of Bullwinkle, an early teacher of the social innuendo. This episode examines the university as the self-perpetuating goal of education. We review the NY Times article “Placing the Blame as Students Are Mired in Debt,” the Washington Examiner article, “Higher Education’s Bubble is About to Burst,” and the eye-opening new book by Anya Kamenetz, DIY U. From her book, we cite statistics on drop-out rates, question the cost/benefit ratio, and take a jaundiced look at college from “The Economics of Education and the Education of an Economist.”
But from the last episode, we reconsider our conclusions from a Pew Center survey showing Republicans are happier than Democrats. And we ask, who funds the Pew Center anyway? We hypothesize that it’s the same group that’s grooming Presidential candidates, as John Perkins reveals they do for economic hit men. We end with a new educational paradigm, that compares apples to apples to measure the success of schooling.
- “When the Shoe Fits” by Chuang Tsu
- “Straight Talk from Fox” by Mary Oliver
Songs and/or Music Videos
- “A Day Without Rain” and “Tempus Vernum” by Enya
- “Same Old, Same Old” by Chumbawumba
- “Someday” by Brett Dennen
- Question related to California’s Budget Crisis and Cabrillo College
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