Scott Walker Creates Mainstream Education Reform

, Malcolm A. Kline, 1 Comment

Although frequently branded as far-Right, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s proposals, at least on the education front, are surprisingly middle-of-the-road, or at least are becoming mainstream.

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At least two of them are gaining acceptance in some surprising environs. The February 27, 2015 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education carries a headline which reads, “Republican governors seek big cuts at colleges.”

Nevertheless, such heretical thoughts have gone well beyond the GOP Establishment. At George Washington University, “University President Steven Knapp sent a memo to GW community members on Monday, explaining that 5 percent budget cuts across campus stem from a decrease in graduate enrollment,” Mary Ellen McIntire reported in The GW Hatchet on March 2, 2015. “Knapp wrote that tuition revenue makes up nearly 75 percent of the University’s total revenue, and that graduate and professional enrollment have dropped by about 1,200 students.”

“To make up for those drops, faculty and staff are planning new academic programs and cutting costs in divisions across the University.” McIntire had filed a story on February 23 that showed that University Writing (UW) instructors at GWU are now teaching larger classes in an effort to control costs: “The enrollment cap for each UW section rose to 17 students this spring, allowing the program to offer fewer classes and cut costs, Derek Malone-France, the program’s executive director, said last week.”

 

One Response

  1. JimB

    March 5, 2015 6:10 pm

    I have long thought that we stress college level education too much. We are on the path to duplicate what happened in India a number of years ago: the only jobs for the many college grads that were being turned out each year were to be found…in government jobs created solely to provide employment for them. We have too many kids in college who have no business being there, and this requires that we hire “instructors” who are not capable of teaching at the college level. In the meantime, kids graduate from high school with no skills applicable to the available marketplace. We need to take at least a fourth of the money devoted to colleges and redirect it to the grammar and high schools which, by the way, need to reconstruct the curriculum to provide a path to employment skills for those who do not go to college. We used to have this sort of bifurcated high school programs and…mirabile dictu…it WORKED.

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