Saturday, September 11, 2010

The "Enough is Enough" Campaign - Going Strong

I just wanted to provide all of you with a quick announcement about the amount of money we've raised so far. We are just shy of hitting the $1000 mark, and I'm ecstatic. In addition, I am applying for a grant. I already have a number of people who have expertise in this area and have offered to help, so let's thank all the volunteers who continue to fight for the indentured educated class.

My goal is to make it to $1000 by next Wednesday, and I'm confident we can do it. We only need another $71 and we're there.

It's easy to get involved, just donate. Click on the donate button on Education Matters (upper right hand-side).


Anonymous said...

HI Cryn:

When I click the button, I dont get anything.
Just a blank page that says "Fatal Error"

If it is a paypal address, perhaps you can post it?

Anonymous said...

I tried clicking the button again, and it worked.

Anonymous said...

Hi Cryn:

I heard a song on the radio the other day.

Everyone knows it. It is called "Fast Car" by Tracey Chapman.

The song talks about "Quitting School"

To be fair, the song might be about quitting high school, which is a very different issue altogether than the purpose of your blog I think.

Or the song might be about quitting higher education.

But my point is that the song kind of illustrates a major cultral shift in assumptions over what education, at least, was and is supposed to do for a person's life.

These days, I would say that quitting school is a blessing, and will save a person a lifetime of debt.

In that sense the passenger in the fast car had made the right decision in quitting school and should have stayed home with the drunk father. Thus avoiding the rest of the story, which you can google as "fast Car Lyrics, Tracey Chapman"

And that is the heart of the matter.

A huge assumption and belief in the value of an education, and how it would lead to a "better life" was popularly understood as early as 20 years ago.

In conclusion, the last two decades have brought about a huge turnaround in belief in the value and trust in Education.

But what is the alternative? Debt-free Barbarism?

I am sure that if a person wants to go to a public Library and look over some popular 1980's and 1990's and 5 or six years more periodicals and/or publications, one will find articles and advertisements that tout the value of a "Higher Education" and the unassailable morality of Higher Education.

It was an assumption. As basic as assuming that the American Dream was alive and well.
As basic as assuming that if one ""Worked Hard" one would "Get ahead".

yeah..hard work and geting ahead.

What the hell does all that mean now when I am 300 grand in debt and counting?
Who would have dreamed that two decades of savage lending practices would actually cause many in the US to lament ever having gone to College or beyond?

Such a skewed situation.

Anonymous said...

To continue:

There is a very popular Poet. Maya Angelou, that even had a television commercial based upon one her poems that dealt with the idea of "Rising" to receive a diploma from College.

All I can remember is the line....."and I rise"
with a picture of a few people standing up as their names were called.

All well and good.

But...what about sinking? As in sinking into debt?

Again based on the assumptiuon that a Higher Education will lead to some kind of better life.

Stupidly, I thought that the better life meant better salary after a Degree from an institute of Higer Learning. Better Social Status, maybe, but that is secondary to a lifetime free of Debt.