Back in 2010, Seth Godin predicted The coming melt-down in higher education (as seen by a marketer):
For 400 years, higher education in the US has been on a roll. From Harvard asking Galileo to be a guest professor in the 1600s to millions tuning in to watch a team of unpaid athletes play another team of unpaid athletes in some college sporting event, the amount of time and money and prestige in the college world has been climbing.
I'm afraid that's about to crash and burn. ...
Yes, here it is:
Sen. Harkin's Report: For-Profit Colleges Leave Students With Debt but No Degree
Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and his Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee staff released Sunday a report based on a comprehensive investigation of 30 of the biggest for-profit college companies. It's full of stark revelations about this controversial, troubled industry.
Way back in the early '90s, visiting US universities with my bride who had spent a year there, I admired the easygoing and practical way of learning. Bought a few fascinating science books there. Seems the days are over, must have been hard work to degrade great institutions, or too little done to let most of them them slip, collectively.
So glad that people in Germany still hold up the education system. I hear many young Europeans are eagerly studying German these days.