My parents are going of on a Agean cruise for two weeks. They always seem to find these wacky travel deals. However, they are not complainers and enjoy the experience.
The other part of this story is that US students also face subsidized competition. Education in China, India and many other countries is heavily subsidized. Students do not end up with mountains of debt like their US counter parts. This is called investment in human capital.
We should consider revamping the state Colleges along the Indian model. Lets the white bread old money go to the Ivy schools and NYU. Lets create state colleges just like those in India. Hard tests to get into and zero credit for being a band member or working in a homeless shelter. There would be no social science courses above the intro level. Those few courses would be hired by the President of the college. There would be zero acceptance of political activism in the classroom, not on our dime. Marxist should also be disqualified for these positions as being not in tune with the goal of creating dedicated hard workers.
The English department should have classes geared towards writing business memos and reports. Students need to learn how to draft memos, reports and make presentations. Students do not need to read Ibsen or I Rigoberta in the real world.
Business students need extra accounting and computer classes and engineers need extra math and lab work. Even the art department should focus on CAD and graphic art
and computer aided publishing. The journalism students would be required to take 32 credits in business. The marxist/ political activist ban could produce genuine Journalists instead of hacks.
We must meet the challenge of India if we are to remain relevant. Do not blame India and Indians who are fine wonderful people. The blame rest solely on the far left peversion of our education system. The real world is competitive and brutal and students need to be prepared. Self esteem and social Justice do not pay bills and are not relevant in the work force. We should be creating skilled workers but the far left seems intent on creating revolutionaries. If the far left wants to create revolutionaries it should do so on its own dime. There should be no student loans granted for these out of control worthless social science departments.