One thing that hasn’t seen a decline during the pandemic is the tuition at elitist, liberal universities. Harvard announced that though they would only be facilitating school virtually, their tuition would remain the same hefty price. Other schools are sure to follow. Could this be the wake-up call kids and parents needed to open their eyes to the demise of the American university system?
However, students who attended Harvard’s previously established online school would have found that the tuition was surprisingly affordable.
Other Ivy Leagues are sure to follow suit as COVID-19 remains a looming public healthcare threat and as state and local officials struggle to determine whether or not large crowds can gather inside. Gatherings for protests continue to be permitted—so, class outside anyone?
Ivy League schools like Harvard, Princeton, and Yale originally had deep religious roots. Yale’s original purpose was to provide a theological education. Harvard was a Puritan institution that trained ministers. Princeton was a Presbyterian seminary. Over time these elite universities’ pure purposes were hijacked by leftist ideology and the religion based in God, or any kind of theological purpose, was thrown by the wayside. In its place, social justice issues du jour reign supreme.
These pristine universities have become indoctrination factories of leftist agendas, disregarding the purpose of higher education—to teach kids how to think—and instead preferring to teach about the benefits of socialism, social justice concepts, anti-American propaganda, and more. “Does Harvard Still Hate America?” quips an op-ed by former Congressman John Leboutillier, an alumni.
"Perhaps America’s biggest problem today is the state of our educational system. What I saw at Harvard 40-plus years ago now has crept down from colleges into high schools and even elementary schools. The use of the classroom for indoctrination is widespread. Teachers often are protected by unions and tenure — and the result is several generations of poorly educated American adults who are deficient in the skills necessary to prosper in modern society."
The College Board, which claims to represent more than 6,000 of the world's leading universities, came out with a statement as to crisis they are facing at their own organization. Instead of advocating for education, they note that the purpose of the organization is broken.
If the College Board sees no point to education in light of current events, then how can universities be asking such high tuition for such a broken education? Conservatives are realizing what leftists already knew: the universities are broken.
The cost of higher education has skyrocketed, but particularly at the nation’s top schools. Some might be still willing to pay a year’s median household income to educate their children via online portals. But the idea has become far less appealing now that many parents have been able to see just what these supposed educations look like. This past term of online learning has been informative, as parents realize just what their hard borrowed dollars are paying for.
Degrees from top tier universities are more about being admitted into a club of ideological conformity than they are about educating future leaders to think and reason of their own volition. And now those universities and their online portals are offering even less opportunity. Libraries, labs, studios, and travel opportunities are all gone.
The question for American students is simple: How much will you pay to be indoctrinated—now, online? How much is that piece of paper—representative of hours sitting before the computer—worth to you?
The higher the price tag the greater impetus a school has to keep students tethered to leftist ideology, even if it’s couched in something far more benign. Maybe this year, since America’s top universities are insisting on keeping their tuition costs level with the price of a new car, students will wake up and realize they’re paying too high a price to lay their education at the altar of elitist universities entrenched in leftist ideology.