4. Our military has a thing called rapid redeployment where assets are ready and they can switch campaigns in short time to meet the challenges presented. Why does a course of study need 2 or 3 or 4 years? Because of tradition? Certainly with medicine and computer science where things change rapidly there may be a need of longer study time. However if you are an unemployed person you do not have the luxury of time and need to get retained in a hurry. Why can’t an unemployed person learn optometry (eye glass dispensing not MD) in 6 months. There are 6 month courses for this in some jurisdictions and 2 year courses in other jurisdictions. A relative of mine was accepted into a course for the funeral business which was two years long and involved many subjects not directly related to what was at hand. The second year was working in a funeral home which was an unpaid internship. The college which taught this program was trying to make it into a 3 year program. Why? For their income not to serve the public.
5. It’s disheartening but education is a business like all others and the longer an in demand course is the more money is collected. We need people to get back to work, at wages substantially higher than the minimum. Tell someone on the verge of having their gas and electric shut off that schooling will take four years. Education should be funded based on needs of the day. Right now there is a conflict of interest between the adult students need for rapid employment and the school’s need for money.
6. Why isn’t higher education funded like high school? When I was a boy and got my first real summer job the boss asked me if I was going to finish high school. “Yes” I replied.
“Good. You need your high school these days to get a good job” he said. I can’t even imagine this conversation today unless the words “high school” were substituted with “college or university.” If our society has changed that much why are we not funding higher education? The tax base would be improved and the system would pay for itself with societal benefits.