Reality of expensive degrees 101


No one deserves or needs to go to Stanford or Harvard or Yale or any expensive school that they cannot afford. Part of our have-it-all-money-is-no-object culture is that we, academics, convince poorer people and those on the thin edge of the middle class that they deserve educations they cannot afford. Universities are complicit in their relentless efforts to recruit ‘underprivileged’ kids who don’t have the means to afford what is, no matter how we try to sell it, an elite education designed for those of great privilege. There is nothing democratic in making an expensive college degree the entrance fee for the middle class. We can cry ‘diversity’ all we want, but at the end of the day we’re just gatekeepers holding very expensive keys.



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