When I say laugh, however, it’s a gallows laugh. In a country that’s becoming more polarized about almost everything, the one thing that the left and right can now agree on is that they think the American system of higher education is broken. They think this for very different reasons, but both sides of the political aisle tend to harp on the growth of student indebtedness, ignoring the fact that even with rising tuition and fees, college remains the best economic bargain around.
I’m going to be writing a fair amount about this War on College here. And, let’s be clear, a lot of these criticisms levied against the ivory tower are based on actual problems that need fixing. That said, it’s simply worth noting for now that higher education is going to be facing a tough political climate going forward. George F. Will is the least of our problems.