College Bubble Bursting—Left Hardest Hit

College Bubble Bursting—Left Hardest Hit. By Lance Welton.

But universities, even the hard sciences, have now been debauched by anti-science Social Justice Warriors … At the same time, universities have lost their monopoly on knowledge storage, general education provision, and specialized training for high salary professions. And they just cost too much. They’re done.

John Derbyshire has pointed out that in Medieval England the monasteries were similarly all-powerful as knowledge repositories, book-producers, even homes of proto-science. And they were similarly expensive—the Reformation was in some ways a tax revolt. But a combination of competition (from the printing-press and from nascent universities) and politics (they opposed Henry VIII’s establishment of the Church of England) led to their dissolution in 1536.

So the monastic bubble burst. Now it’s time for the university bubble to burst too.

[The left] demand that more “minority” or poorer pupils be allowed into “elite universities.” They fail to understand that, if this happens, “elite people” will just send their children to university somewhere else and the original university will cease to be regarded as “elite.”

They insist that more and more dropouts enter “higher education” in order to “earn more money.” But they fail to understand that this simply results in the dumbing down of higher education, the bachelor’s degree having far less value as employers lose faith in its value.

The proportion of the university-age students attending universities has risen from, for example, 13% in Britain in 1991 to 50% today, meaning that the degree is nowhere close to gold standard it once was. …

There is evidence that universities, especially for Humanities students, are turning into very expensive day care centers. Young people seem to be growing more slowly. Those born circa 1998 … see university not, in part, as a rite of passage through which you “leave home,” but as an extension of “home.” …

Universities have been taken over by the Left. In Britain in 1964, 55% of academics were “Left wing.” This has now risen to 80%, even higher in Humanities subjects. But half of the British public identify as “right wing” compared to less than 12% of academics—despite roughly half of the most intelligent 5% of the population being “right wing.”

As a result, the public perception is that that academics are biased, their research is not to be trusted, and they shouldn’t be funded by taxpayer money or be permitted charity status. In 2006, 41% of Americans had “a lot of confidence in higher education.” But by 2017 this was down to 14%.

“Academic mobbing”—in which fanatical Leftist academics destroy colleagues whose research challenges Leftist dogmas—inevitably further undermines confidence. …

This also means that universities can be regarded as the ideological enemies of conservative governments. Eventually such governments might begin to ask — apart, that is, from their stupidity and cowardice — why not simply abolish universities’ tax breaks and partial public funding and let them sink or swim?