Saturday, July 20, 2019

Cambridge Assigns Commissars To White Academics

By Professor Doom

     In Soviet Russia, there was real concern that the guys with guns, i.e., the army, might someday turn on the ideologues who were running the show. One of the solutions (beyond the Leftist favorite of “mass murder”) was the new military position of Commissar, who kept a close eye on the officers and troops, to be sure they were sticking with the pogrom program.

     These days, nearly everyone has guns (legal or not), and with the internet, it’s ideas, not guns, which hold a better chance of changing things. And so the Commissars are on campus, one of America’s better sources of ideas. I’ve written before of the “bias response teams” of Commissars which seek out and punish faculty who engage in wrongthink.

     In a previous century, our system of higher education was imitated throughout the world, due to its considerable success both in research and in educating the intellectual elite of the population. Today, our system has been thoroughly corrupted by the student loan scam and the Leftist takeover. Sadly, that corruption is being copied across a world that somehow has not learned of what has happened here.

      Canada has long since fallen, but it’s been interesting watching the UK’s system follow in our footsteps. Oxford is now debasing itself for diversity, and now Commissars are becoming a thing on UK campuses as well:

Cambridge to assign white academics an ethnic minority mentor to combat racism and assist 'institutional change

      Institutional change? Cambridge is over 800 years old…are we sure it should adopt this ideological fad? I know, maintaining tradition isn’t necessarily a good thing, but shouldn’t there be some deliberation here? I strongly suspect the faculty don’t want commissars looking over their shoulder, but much like in the US, faculty are no longer allowed meaningful input in education.

      Under the project, white senior academics and management staff are assigned one of their black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) colleagues as a mentor in order to encourage “institutional change” at the university.

     For now, the Commissars will be other faculty on campus but I strongly suspect that will change soon enough. The gentle reader should note that only white academics will be assigned these overseers.

      Let’s turn this around as a thought experiment. If I were an academic in China (don’t laugh, I considered this years ago), and I were suddenly assigned to “mentor” a senior Chinese academic I’d…try to reason with the lunatics doing this, though I suspect that would fail. The mere fact that I was already faculty on the campus would indicate the “racism” wasn’t particularly foul, and I’d be hard pressed to offer much criticism—how much racism could there possibly be in my senior’s discussion of mathematical concerns? If anything, I suspect my onerous presence would only increase racial tensions, and it wouldn’t surprise me if my senior started to avoid any but forced contact with the “white devil” looking over his shoulder.

      And so my thought experiment bears fruit: this plan will only exacerbate such problems as might possibly already exist. I assure the gentle reader that this is exactly what the ideologues on campus want, as I’ve observed many times on campuses here in the U.S.

      What prompted this lunacy?

Indiana Seresin, 26, said that as a white student she had “benefited from the structural racism” of the university and felt she had an “imperative” to leave.

She said she has witnessed an “accumulation” of racist incidents during her time at the university, and went on to describe an incident where an English lecturer “repeatedly read aloud the n-word during our class discussions”.

       So, a single student complained. Note the phrasing above, the lecturer was “reading aloud.” Was the lecturer, perhaps, reading some of the works of Mark Twain? It’s so demented that Twain used that word in his works to emphasize how dehumanizing it was…and now his works are being censored because of his ideas, but I digress.

     Ms Seresin told how this incident, as well as the lack of black lecturers and postdoctoral researchers at Cambridge, left her convinced of the university’s racism.

       Once again the edu-fascism, the merger of administrative and ideological interests, comes to campus. A single student complaint will now lead to heightened racial tensions on campus, allowing an expansion of bureaucracy (in theory, to reduce such tensions, in practice to make them worse), enhancing the power of both ideologues and administration.

A university spokesman said that the reverse mentoring scheme, which has run as a pilot for the past academic year, has been a success and is likely to be rolled out on a wider scale next year.

      Well of course admin says it’s a success. Any faculty who complained would be summarily removed from campus; it’s why every administrative scheme (note the word) is always ruled a success.

One project that has  won funding was proposed by the Sedgwick Museum, the university’s geology museum founded in 1728, which hopes to transform itself into a “more welcoming and accessible space for BAME people”.

--BAME stands for “Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic”…when whites are a minority in a generation or so, don’t expect it to include them, however.

      And just like that, a boring old geology museum is removed to make place for a spiffy new Diversity Fiefdom. Yeah, that’ll fix the problem of people reading Mark Twain for sure!

 Cambridge has also introduced a new leadership programme for staff, which includes training on race awareness and implicit bias, and every College now has a Discrimination and Harassment Contact whose duty is to oversee “a culture of continuous improvement”.

     Hey, look, it’s the Bias Response Team, but with longer words. Please, God, spare us the theme of “continuous improvement,” as it ultimately just means the admin will perpetually ask for MOAR.

Another change introduced in the past year is that BAME students can now request to see a BAME councillor and new staff recruitment guidelines have been developed to help attract and recruit applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds.  

      Look at all the bureaucracy which has sprouted up like the vilest of weeds in only the past year! This is what edu-fascism promises, and delivers, every time.

Student loans 'heading for trillion pounds'

      Much as here, the student loan debt system is heavily supported by the government. It’s nice that they’re not over the trillion units of currency yet but they’re predict that’ll change within the generation.

      Only if they continue to copy our corrupted system.





Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Is Tuition Killing College Students?

By Professor Doom

      I’m sometimes asked if our increasing suicide rate is due to the student loan scam. As eager as I am to blame things on it, I’m a little reluctant to do so. After all, around 28% of students with such debt don’t even know it—they’ve been completely scammed by college administrators who haven’t bothered to tell them the debts they accrue, much less see to it they’re taught the basics of finance. They can’t kill themselves over debts they don’t know they have.

    Do the math there: we have around 50,000,000 citizens with student loan debt, and well over 10,000,000 of them didn’t even know they were taking on debt because of fraud by our higher education system. Any time our accreditors want to stop this, they can, because every school taking student loan money puts in writing that they will act with integrity as part of accreditation, which could shut them down instantly for fraud (i.e., lack of integrity), but I digress.

     Still, walking out of college, $30,000 in debt, with a degree that merits nothing more than the barista job the graduate could have gotten 6 years earlier, could be pretty depressing, so I can see how some suicides can be attributed to student loans.

      A recent headline seems to promise that I’ll get some information so I can better answer the question next time I’m asked about debt-related suicide:

Till debt do us part: Tuition loan burden is literally killing US college grads

      If you’re going to use a phrase like “literally killing” you’d better back it up with actual bodies. Let’s hear what they have to say.

The mounting cost of a US college degree has not only discouraged would-be students from pursuing a higher education; it has triggered mental health issues too. But is hyper-capitalist America ready for free education?

     I’m quoting from RT, Russia Today, so I’m always going hear the accented “kyep-it-al-ist” when I read “capitalist” here. I sure hope the mounting costs are discouraging students from going to college, but it shouldn’t discourage them from pursuing a higher education—between the internet and our library system, anyone who wants a classical education can get one for free, no further capitalism required.

     “Free education” is already here, and more of us would have it but that we’re forced to spend so many years in the “free” public school system, which has done little beyond enstupidate wide swaths of our population.

     Having a massive debt hanging over your head and no way to pay for it could certainly cause some mental health issues. So…about those bodies?

…a recent survey by Student Loan Planner, college graduates are experiencing high levels of emotional stress due to their current situations, to the point of actually contemplating suicide.

The survey of 829 people showed, among other things, that one-in-15 student loan borrowers have had suicidal thoughts due to their financial situation; nine-in-10 borrowers felt significant anxiety due to their loan burden; one-in-9 borrowers who owe $80,000 to $150,000 in student loan debt also contemplated suicide…

     Well, there it is, then. Again doing the math, well over 3 million of our citizens have considered suicide as an escape from student loans. I remind the gentle reader the reason why so many would consider such a permanent solution is because you can’t get rid of student loans, even ones so high they cannot possibly be paid, any other way: no bankruptcy will clear them.

       RT then pushes the “free college” angle:

Why isn't a college education in the United States free-of-charge, exactly like it is in dozens of other countries? The short answer is that America is first and foremost a cutthroat corporate jungle that indulges in something that was summed up long ago as 'socialism for the rich, capitalism for the poor.' In other words, the entire system is rigged to the advantage of the rich. Indeed, it is the lower and middle class that must take out high-interest loans to pay for their educations, while the offspring of the golden one-percent are wealthy enough to pay cash, and in some cases even bribes, as one recent criminal investigation revealed.

     While the above is basically true, there’s an error of omission in not mentioning higher education in “other countries.” In other countries, getting into college isn’t a sure thing, because they don’t have wide open admissions. Only people willing to study and work hard can get into those “free” schools, whereas here everyone with an opposable thumb can get a loan.

      But, yes, the rich don’t take out those loans. Obviously. Our whole student loan system was founded on "everyone can now go to college," but nobody mentions how much this system punishes those who can't already pay for it.

      I really should point out, there was a time where getting a scholarship for college was in many ways easier than today. Schools used to be interested in attracting good students, and so used scholarships to do it. Now, schools are so desperate for that student loan dollar that they don’t care about getting good students…anyone will do.

       RT then advocates for the “free college for all” plan, paid for via taxes from wealthy corporations. It’s a neat theory, but the gentle reader should know that over a century ago, a similar plan was made so that everyone “could” go to high school. And now many of our “free” high schools are war zones, and the average high school graduate reads at the 7th grade level, worse than when, in the early 20th century, an 8th grade education was considered pretty good. Seeing as “free high school for everyone” has obviously failed, why would we suspect “free college for everyone” would work? RT left out the key issue of restricting admissions, but the fact, buried within the article, remains:

      Our student loan scam is leading people into suicide. Just end it already.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Review of 5 Free Educational Website Builders for Developing Websites for Colleges and Schools

By David Norman

(From Professor Doom: I was asked to talk more about the topic of website builders, but, bottom line, I’m really not expert in such things. So, I had a friend in the IT department who knows this stuff far better than I put together the following.)

A great way to express the school’s ideology, vision, and make its presence felt is by creating a website. A website for schools and colleges is somewhat similar to the websites we come across every day. But features that set them apart are the professional style, information board, important links for students and student dashboard, which is a whole new horizon in itself.

Gone are those days when you needed to hire a professional coder to create even a simple website for your school or college, all you need now are the website builders that make the entire process seem like a ‘cakewalk.’ If you’re a coder or have no clue about coding, you can still create stunning and beautiful websites through the drag-and-drop features of the website builders.

There are hundreds of website builders available in the marketplace, and while some of them do wonders for businesses, some are specially made for creating educational websites. We know that you are spoilt for choice, hence we got down to do what we do best, critiquing. After curating the options available to us, we present you five of the best free educational website builders for schools and college.


Wix has been a trusted name for business website building that is associated with finesse by most of its users. It’s simply the best in the market. The quick and straightforward website-creation process of Wix is one of its many selling points, including ADI (Artificial Design Intelligence), hassle free website management, variety of styles, multiple fonts, and stunning templates.

Apart from having a massive heap of more than 25 templates for educational purpose that makes it an ideal website builder for schools, Wix also offers some additional features like SEO management and mobile-phone optimized websites. Additional applications and widgets can be added to the webpage along with subsections containing blogs, feeds, news updates, syllabus and FAQs. Wix lets you add a forum to your website, which is ideal for any educational website. Plus, the membership feature enables you to offer member only access to restricted information (such as parent and student logins).

Apps like Wix Online Calendar and Wix Events are also useful for education websites, apart from Wix Chat, Comments and Voice Comments+, and Wix Video. Wix offers a free trial for 30 days for you to make up your mind. However, the free website builder by Wix does have some handy features that can be used to create a basic website and then proceed with the licensed product when the need arises.


We would like to point out to Weebly as being the quintessential website builder for teachers due to its extravagant features and being a part of the coveted 50-best website lists of Time’s Magazine. The engaging multimedia features are ample for creating an educational website with a range of features and resources that are dedicated to learning.

Weebly allows the creation of an educational website with limited editing and viewing rights for parents and their children through complete access control. The integrated blogging section, class homework, scores, and broadcasting news for parents makes the website more cost-effective, efficient, and requires less administrative efforts from your side.

Private tutors can use Weebly to design websites for educational purposes too. Hence we referred to it as the best free educational website builder focused on teachers and learning. Teachers are known to have their hands full of work anyway; using Weebly is as easy as A-B-C.


A powerful educational website building tool that comprises of some stunning features and templates dedicated to education and learning. Edublogs is the next big thing for delivering knowledge-based services online through educational websites.

The website building tool is a one-stop shop for all your website development needs. Take the dozens of templates dedicated to education websites that are hard to ignore for creating a somber layout for the perfect appearance. You can create a student discussion board and an information forum that can be used by both the teachers and students to obtain information and interact through discussions.

Edublogs lets you customize your website with interactive features like student discussion sections, digital newsletters, and making the content on the website more engaging by organizing the multimedia on the website. Edublogs creates a members-only interface to enter a website that grants permission only to the registered students and teachers. This feature comes in handy when creating a University Management System or a similar system for any other educational institute.


Jimdo claims to create a website within three minutes after you have provided with some basic information regarding what exactly you want in your website. Imagine integrating eCommerce like fee payment, admission booking, paying admission fees, dues, etc. through an educational website for school or college.

Whether you are a newbie or a tech-savvy genius, creating an educational website through Jimdo is as easy as it can get with the range of customizable templates. The Artificial Designing Assistance lets you create a suitable website from scratches within a few moments. Introduction of a blog or personalized custom content can be used to give your educational website a boost.

On top of that, Jimdo lets you take complete control over the access of HTML and CSS that makes it easy to handle and manage your website. All these great features and education-specific templates for no cost.


As a teacher, tutor, or a learning institution, your first priority is to gather the demographic audience of the right kind, which is parents and students. Ning uses the website tool to send alerts to students that are looking for a similar institution like yours. The tools also come handy while designing an educational website with efficient functionality like Student Management System. Ning is not limited to being just a website-builder; it’s a guide on which you can depend for all your educational or institutional website needs.

An eclectic combination of monetization and social networking can help create a better connection with students through online teaching on the website. Create a professional educational website with the section of templates specially dedicated to the cause and make the website appear better than ever. Create a blog, put the institution on the map, create interactive polls, and quizzes through the interactive designing platform.

Another stunning feature that makes Ning stand out from the crowd is the security of the website and an additional SSL certification for your educational website, making it fully secure for students, teachers, and parents.

Which Ones Do You Choose?

I recommend you to use all the four free educational website builders and experiment as you never know which template would just catch your eye. They’re free to use and have a lot of features, applications, widgets, styles, and templates that are tailor-made for educational websites.

The best of them is Wix, which has a huge range of templates that impart a professional look to your educational website. The monthly charge of $4.50 is quite cost-effective for the features that you can get. But, as we mentioned earlier, always use the free trial to see a glimpse of how scintillating your website can look after using Wix and then decide to go for the ‘premium’ account.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Portland U’s “Bias Response Team” Ends Free Speech

By Professor Doom

     I write often of the culture of fear on campus…because I get reminders how that fear only increases:

Making jokes at Portland State gets you reported to its bias response team

    I know, “I was just joking” is the age-old cry of the bully, and I was very much a target of the endless anti-intellectual bullying in our public schools, but this is at a university, what’s going on here is far more sinister than simply trying to protect the weak from bullying.

In one case from last September, a student overheard someone in their classroom making a comment about sometimes feeling like they having schizophrenia.

“She then stated she was not trying to make fun of schizophrenia,” the student reported, “but that sometimes she can be ‘schizophrenic.’ … She stated this in a joking manner and even laughed about it.”

     Does the above sound like bullying? There was nobody being targeted here, and the one making the complaint merely overheard a comment.  A joking, self-deprecating comment. Ok, some snowflake heard something he didn’t like, those folks are easily offended. What of it?

…The student reported the incident to the PSU Bias Review Team, keeping his or her identity a secret. But the person who allegedly made the offending remark, however, was named in the complaint to the administration.

      And *BAM* this “offense” now goes into the poor student now has a mark on her permanent record. You better believe, 30 years from now, if she runs against a certain ideological faction, this will come up again. As an added bonus, the one bearing witness against her gets to remain anonymous…good luck trying to defend against such an accusation.

     Our universities are turning from centers of teaching and research into warehouses of future blackmail information. This is demented. Perhaps this was an isolated, stray piece of data that accidentally got into the files?

In the second instance, last October a student settled into a seat in the front row of a lecture when they heard the instructor telling another student he knew a lot of “insensitive jokes” he couldn’t tell in class.

     Oh, the horror! Simply claiming to know “forbidden things” goes into the permanent record. I know it’s hyperbolic to think someday this teacher might be tortured for such information…but if something this trivial goes into the permanent record, how can we rule out (anonymous) allegations of other information?

      This is such a perversion of what higher education is supposed to be about. 

       So let’s pop over to the actual website for this diversity fiefdom and let’s see if maybe they apologize or clarify why such pathetic complaints go into the permanent record. What does this money-sucking fiefdom do?

The goals of the BRT are:

·        Develop educational and outreach programs from the data collected from bias reports;

·        Increase opportunities for communication and restorative justice for students, staff, and faculty; and

·        Address incidents and trends identified through the reports utilizing resources such as trainings, communications, and other means, that will improve the campus climate.

To report an incident, please complete and submit the Bias Incident Report Form.

     I remind the gentle reader, the entire purpose of a university is education of people, and education of humanity through research. Education and research, no more than that.

      Yes, “educational” is towards the top of the Bias Response Team's (I feel sick just typing that out…our universities should not have such things) purpose, but realistically, they’re collecting data, as they say. This is not education.

      “Increase opportunities for…restorative justice”? I’d be sick reading that if I weren’t already. Is it really hyperbole to suspect they’re collecting data for later “payback”? Again, “restorative justice” is not the purpose of a university.

      At least the line about “improve campus climate” gives me a laugh. I’m sure knowing that if you say something possibly out of line, or claim to know a forbidden topic, goes a long way towards an improved climate, at least if you think silence is an improvement.  Yet again this has nothing to do with education and research.

      I reiterate because if I say it enough times someone in power will hear: the purpose of a university is education and research. If we simply got rid of every fiefdom which does not advance these purposes, we could lower tuition 50% or more.

      I was hoping to look at the people on the Bias Response Team, but despite so many options on their web page, there is no option to review this team. Apparently not only are the accusers anonymous, the judges are as well. They list the titles of people on the BRT, but only one name: Eric Scott, the Coordinator, Equity and Compliance Investigator. I’m a little curious who the Director of the Queer Resource Center is (I’m quite willing to bet that Center does nothing for education and research, however). I remind the gentle reader of another cost-cutting measure for higher ed: eliminate positions where the title is more than twice as long as the holder’s name. To judge by how many of these titles are so long, I suspect we could eliminate the entire "team" this way.

      What a despicable abomination this particular fiefdom is, and considering how many vile fiefdoms our campuses support, to be exceptional in this regard is an achievement. 

       As I wrote before, Christians are goinginto hiding on our campuses, much as conservatives and other “undesirables” have done. In light of the above, are their actions truly unjustified?

      Longtime readers will guess how I’d suggest cutting off the funds for these fiefdoms causing so much harm to humanity, so I’ll spare you my usual epitaph here.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Sugarbaby Students of Minnesota

By Professor Doom

     I didn’t exactly work my way through college—I lived at home, and mowed many, many, lawns in the Florida sun, among other unpleasant jobs. They were paying the princely sum of $5 an hour for sheet metal roofing, and it only took a few weeks of that to make enough to pay the $1,000 or so yearly tuition of my late teenage years.

      Those days are long gone, of course, and now average annual tuition runs $25,000 or more (it varies wildly, of course). Most people can’t work their way through college. That said, if you’re a winsome lass with malleable morals, you can find employment of sorts, as a sugarbaby, a female whose tuition (and other expenses) are paid for by a sugardaddy, in exchange for, well, “companionship.”

      I know, this is just a variant of the oldest profession, but it’s gone from stories of “that one girl” on campus to a distinct sub-culture. NYU is most notorious for its sugarbabies, with around 1,300 students (about 5% of the female students there, to put things in perspective…many classes would have at least one such student/sugarbaby).

     Of course, 2018 tuition at NYU is over $50,000, and is a private, for-profit university with a notorious reputation for putting the screws to the students. You’re not going to scrape together that kind of money mowing lawns. I know, it’s not my business how a young woman wants to make a living but this strikes me as wrong all the same.

      What about our state schools? These are built and supported as a public benefit. Tuition at University of Minnesota is a “mere” $14,000 or so, surely they don’t have a sugarbaby community?

The bittersweet life of sugar babies at the University of Minnesota

     NYU is private, and I haven’t read their mission statement, so perhaps creating whores sugarbabies is one of their goals…but were the taxpayers of publicly funded UM told their money was going to increase the number of people in this profession?

     Again, stuff happens, so I suppose “that girl” has always existed on campus. We don’t have many of them at UM, right?

Ava is one of the 542 students at the University of Minnesota who were registered on…

--“Ava is a fake name, and I’ll avoid mentioning the several sites that specialize in supporting this profession.

     UM has the same enrollment as NYU, tuition is about 33%, and we have about 50% of the sugarbabies…that’s a surprisingly high number. Can we get a handle on how many sugarbabies we have around the country?

Approximately 3 million college students in the United States are registered on…

--that’s JUST ONE SITE.

      Perhaps not all sugarbabies are female (or identify as female, whatever, bear with me as I make a possibly false assumption about gender here), but that translates to around 15% of college students.

      Are there truly no “leaders” in higher education willing to take a look in the mirror and ask about their own responsibility for doing this?

“I found it exciting. It felt good getting paid money,” Ava said. “It was kind of fun in a weird way. I would feel hyped after using it.”

      A Minnesota sugarbaby gets about $100 for a date, which need not include much beyond dinner. I suppose one such date is harmless enough if that’s all that goes on, but…these are still formative years, I’m not so sure our young ladies’ education should include an expectation of being handed money directly from males, particularly since this expectation is far less likely to be valid as one leaves her 20s. Perhaps I’m a bit old-fashioned in this regard, I concede.

     Granted, I suspect many sugarbabies ae discarded after a few years, and then the university discards them a few years after that, perhaps…what is the only job experience they have after they receive their all too often worthless degree? Is it such a stretch to worry about what profession they’ll have no choice but to enter? It’s not like I haven’t identified a clear link between prostitution and student loans before.

      In case the gentle reader is wondering how the sites are sure they’re getting college students, well, students get free memberships by using their university-provided e-mails. Um…should our universities be in the business of validating prostitution credentials?

      I’m sorry to ask so many rhetorical questions here, I’m trying not to be judgmental as so many concerns come to mind.

Sarah Polowin, a graduate of Carleton University in Canada who wrote her doctoral thesis on [a sugarbaby site[ in 2017, found that money is the primary motivating factor for college students using the service.

      I concede I haven’t read the thesis, but I had to chuckle at the Ph.D. level conclusion there of “prostitutes do it for the money.” Yeah, no kidding. For what it’s worth, I think the article is wrong here, as it appears to be a Master’s thesis…I’ll chuckle less, conceding that kind of result is indeed Master’s level.

      I also note she writes of the phenomenon in Canada…this issue is not strictly an American problem.

      The article dances around the negative impact on the students who engage in this practice, beyond the usual “this one whacko became a stalker…” story one would expect.

      I know my blog is read by far more than the clicks I get directly from Blogspot would indicate. Anybody out there know, is, or better yet was, a sugarbaby? Please contact me, I’d love to ask a few questions about how all this works out.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Immigration, Higher Education, and Trump?

By Professor Doom

      You know you’ve made a great achievement in science or mathematics when you relate two things that don’t look like they’d be the same thing at all. The basic example of this is a formula (some scribblings on a page) that perfectly describes some physical thing actually happening in the real world. 

      A recent article tries to relate two things always in the news, and the thing I talk about that just never seems to make the front page. They solidly fail to make the link, but say a few things worth reading all the same:

Trump Derangement Syndrome Blocks Action On Immigration, Higher Ed Crises (They're Related)

     Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) refers to the psychological condition of irrational hatred of everything Trump-related. The best example of this would be a CNN host believing Trump is a monster because he had an extra scoop of ice cream, but this pathology is not restricted to CNN, sufferers are all over the place.

     Now, Trump’s campaign platform was largely based on stopping illegal immigration; I’m pretty sure he’s too little, too late, as the mathematics of the demographics involved all but guarantee the break-up of the United States into more ethnically homogeneous sections in a generation or two (i.e., when the children of the immigrants grow up), but I respect the effort, or would if he’d put some more into it.

     Reforming Higher Ed, on the other hand, was never part of his campaign platform, and while he’s done a few piffling things so far, it’s hardly been enough for me to mention.

Nobody much in Washington, DC seems to be interested in it the stinking, steaming, fetid mountain of dog poop that is our higher-education system. I watched the YouTube video of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos giving a twenty-minute address at the Manhattan Institute on Wednesday. She hardly said anything about Higher Education.

      Those are some harsh, but alarmingly accurate, words from the article I’m quoting above. DeVos is a Trump appointee, and she really hasn’t done much to fix the system.

Immigration’s been a mess for decades; but it’s on Trump’s watch that is has descended into full chaos.

      I have to be a little suspicious of the article’s motives when it says stuff like the above. If we didn’t have full chaos before, why did we decide a mass amnesty in 1986 would be a solution? If that didn’t solve the chaos, why are we discussing it again today?

     So what’s the link here, anyway?

There’s was an immigration angle in the news last week related to the college-admissions cheating scandal.

     Wow, that admissions cheating scandal sure does have legs…and it really shouldn’t. Bottom line, Harvard can only have so many students, it really seems natural that those last few open positions will go to the highest bidder. It’s a private school, they’re under no obligation to serve more than they can possibly serve.

      One of those highest bidders was over the top:

A billionaire tycoon from communist China…surname of Zhao, paid six and a half million to the fixers to get his daughter Molly a place at Stanford.

     China is more socialist than communist now, but for some reason our media doesn’t like to use that word in any negative context. In any event, under socialist/communist regimes, it’s understood that you’re going to have to pay bribes, sometimes huge bribes, just to get basic things done. So while Americans would balk at paying millions in bribe money, a wealthy Chinese person might not.

     I reiterate the real problem with the college admissions scandal isn’t the bribes the wealthy were paying to get their kids into school: this has been going on for a long time. The real problem is the bribe money is no longer going to education. In the past, some magnate would donate a few million to the school to get his kid in; the money would build a library perhaps, but it also would go to scholarships and scholars.

      Now the money just pours into in administrative pockets…and that’s the problem.

That’s why they can afford all those Administrative Assistants to the Secretary for the Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion. That’s why they have Departments of Gibberish Studies where ineducable low-IQ students can play at educating themselves. That’s why they have sports coaches on seven-digit salaries.

    The article makes another misstep regarding where this money is coming from:

Where does all the money come from? Four sources:

1.    Alumni with fond memories of their salad days, paying to get a plaque with their name on it affixed to some desk in the college library.

2.    Federal, State, and corporate grants and tax breaks paid for by working Americans.

3.    Middle-class American students beggaring themselves all the way to retirement and beyond with huge tuition loans. [Seniors owe billions in student loan debt: “This will follow me to the grave”, by Mark Strassmann, CBS News, May 1, 2019]

4.    Rich foreigners like Molly Zhao paying full ticket.

       While four reasons are listed above, I assure the gentle reader it’s reason #3 (and not just the middle class), the student loan scam, which is the key source of money. Total student loan debt goes up around a hundred billion a year…Zhao’s lousy six million hardly registers next to that, and it would take over 150 suckers like Zhao before we’d even close to a billion dollars.

       With this dubious link between immigration and higher ed established, the article then heads off the rails:

And they are linked, as the case of Molly Zhao illustrates. Where higher education is concerned, we need to think about how to starve the beast. A good, easy starting point would be to stop issuing visas to foreign students. Those full-tuition foreigners are great for the colleges’ balance sheets, but they take up classroom seats Americans should be sitting in.

     No, emphatically no. It’s not the full-tuition foreigners who are the problem in higher ed, as hundreds of my blog posts show. Not to put too fine a point on things, but a university is supposed to allow all scholars…not just those from a certain region. If we eliminate all the scholars “not from around here,” we run the very real risk of falling even further behind other countries. This is a stupid solution.

      The article then rants against the money being thrown away on Diversity Institutes and such, but this valid rant is a distraction: the money for these abominations isn’t coming from foreigners trying to hurt us, we’re destroying ourselves with student loan money. 

     End the student loan scam. It really is that simple.