To The Daily Sun,
After reading Scott Cracraft's broadside against Walmart, there should be no mystery to any one why the cost of a college education now has its highest price tag in history. His rhetoric screams the total disconnect between common sense and logic. Scott derides and demonizes the business model of Walmart and how it might be applied to education. His commentary reminds me of the same egotistical, professor logic Leo Sandy tried so often to peddle to The Daily Sun readers.
Consider for a moment the incredible accomplishment of Sam Walton and Walmart. If there is any symbol that represents what opportunity stands for in America, the success of Sam Walton, and Walmart are it.
What we have from Scott is simply another far left, liberal, academic trash talking one of the most iconic, successful companies on earth. Walmart often offers the lowest prices on tens of thousands of items consumers need to buy every day. The low prices save the less fortunate hundreds of billions of dollars a year lifting their living standards. Walmart accomplishes it with one of the most efficient, low cost distribution systems in the world. If there is one word that defines the success of Walmart it is efficiency.
Not to mention Walmart is about the largest private employer in America hiring millions of people many other companies won't.
It does not take much investigation to understand why academia loathes Walmart. Walmart stands for everything colleges ought to stand fore but don't. Walmart has an entrenched commitment to provide the very best products possible, for the lowest cost possible. While Walmart spent that last 25 years creating the most efficient and cost-effective retail system in the world while colleges and universities tripled costs and for good measure reduced quality.
The U.S. ranks in the bottom half of education performance among all OECD countries. It is hard to find printable words that adequately describe the top-down, macro failure of education in this country. All while education screams for ever more grants and subsidies to cover its gross inefficiencies and ineffectiveness. Money by the bucketful that supposedly makes college more affordable. Another expensive joke on taxpayers by liberals. How can my conclusion be wrong.
Student loan debt now totals a record $1.3 trillion and student loan defaults set new records every week. All the billions of dollars in grant money from the states and federal government to colleges has done is increase tuition. The free money becomes nothing more than a slush fund to increases wages and increase spending by universities.
How has this been allowed to happen? The answer is easy, the solution impossible, made that way by people like Scott. No one is held accountable for failure in education. No one is fired that millions of kids take six to eight years to graduate from a four-year college. No one is fired that millions of kids spend billions of dollars toward college degrees they never get. No one is fried that hundreds of colleges and universities have absolutely horrific graduation rates but are allowed to stay in business. No one is fired, in fact many are actually promoted with higher wages no matter how high or how fast the cost of a college degree increases.
All that plus a national decline in the quality of academic output over the past two decades. Colleges are not interested in lowering tuition because they are not interested in cutting the costs (first labor costs) that produce that high tuition.
It is impossible to understand the horrendous failure of education until you look what's behind it. What stands behind education and its failure are unions. Tell me the last time you saw any teachers union motto that suggested keeping wages down or benefits under control were important to help our kids? Or that unions sought language in contracts that gave management the needed flexibility to better mange and control labor costs to keep tuition down. You will only see those things when hell has both ice and bob houses with people fishing in them.
Or that unions make commitments to output more product within the same time increment with better quality. That is the single, simple accomplishment that separates the incredible success of Walmart from the tragic failure of education Scott Cracraft so embraces to this very moment. Understand, unions only exist to increase costs and produce the lowest quality product in the longest amount of time they believe they can get away with.
Tenured professors will teach the lowest numbers of classes possible. At the University of Wisconsin that is 3.4 classes per week while their average wage is $123,500 for about eight months work plus benefits that drives their total compensation closer to $200,000. All the while your kid is forced to risk bankruptcy for the sake of a degree paying for those professor extravagances few professions get.
Until we demand the same accountability and entrenched commitment to produce the best quality, for the least cost, in the shortest time possible the status quo of failure so loudly defended by Scott Cracraft and every other professor in America will continue to increase college costs and produce ever declining quality at the same incredible pace they have in the past. I guarantee it.
How can the outcome be any different When no one is held accountable and the unions that run education from top to bottom are only interested in doing less, while getting paid more, while handcuffing management to stop it. One sure recipe for continued incredible failure in education.