Monday, June 13

How is education supposed to make me feel smarter?

Quick and easy explanation for why higher education has gotten so expensive. It's no longer about education. The big money isn't spent on educators, but on administrators to navigate legal issues, and assist various minority student groups on campus. Alcohol awareness programs, and other nonsense. At northwestern a kid drank himself to death, so northwestern ended up paying his parents 2 million dollars, and agreeing to a whole host of stupid anti alcohol policies for which they will need to hire a bunch more administrators. The education part isn't that expensive, it's the baby sitting that is so pricey.


Blogger Aras said...

That's crazy. I'm surprised matriculation doesn't include signing a waiver for stuff like that.

2:43 AM  
Blogger Trashcan said...

It wasn't about legal liability. I'm pretty confident that Northwestern would have won the lawsuit in court, it was the publicity. They didn't want the publicity of a drawn out court battle. Even if they win, how much are they going to end up paying lawyers. Plus having Northwestern mentioned in connection to an alcohol death for the next 5 years while the case is pending. They figured they were just better off paying the blood money. The kid is 18 years old and responsible for his own actions. He decided to brake the law and drink. I feel no more sympathy for him than a heroin overdose. You should know your limits and/or have friends who know your limits and help you out. In either case society isn't responsible for you troubles.

(i'm not saying i think he's a bad person or something, i've drunk more than i meant to/should have before. But i don't hold anyone but myself responsible for my stupid behavior.)

11:56 PM  
Blogger Aras said...

A waiver might have voided any claims the family had so unquestionable that they wouldn't have sued them in the first place.

5:01 AM  
Blogger Trashcan said...

the family still could have sued and challenged the waiver, claimed that the waiver was in some way illegal, or didn't apply. If they wanted and they had a lawyer willing to go to the trouble (which they would have) they could have stirred up plenty of bad publicity anyway. Plus they probably don't want to have such a waiver because they are afraid it would recruitment. Hey send your kids to our school, but first sign this saying it's not our fault if he drinks himself to death. Kind of a turn off.

12:47 AM  
Blogger Aras said...

I'd say that's a turn on. Nothing discourages drinking signing documents that say you might die.

3:47 AM  

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