Thursday, December 29, 2005

Back from semi-hiatus

It's Winter Christmas Break, and I'm semi-caught up on home organizing. Alas, the grading is still looming, but I'll tackle that later, when I'm properly fortified with food.

There's an interesting discussion going on over at Going to the Mat, about whether there are too many people in college, and what the utility of a college degree is today. One provocative comment suggested that government stop funding the liberal arts degree with loans and grants. I think the idea has merit, but I doubt that it will fly past Congress. Or do they have to approve a rules change like that?

I think you could make a good argument for phasing out subsidies/grants/loans for liberal arts majors over a few years. If people want to study liberal arts, let them pay for it. Then, use 1/2 the money saved for increasing funding in math, engineering, and science.