I believe lots of the commenters in your Too Big to Fail publish at the moment about universities and the invoice in New Mexico are on to one thing by way of new methods of abilities credentialing, spiraling faculty prices, the bubble, and so forth. But some are additionally studying extra nefarious motives into this than are literally there.
Yes, as you understand I’m a member of a state faculty social science division, so take this for what it’s price … however I’m additionally a traddish Catholic who labored in a state schooling coverage company underneath a southern Republican governor for a number of years, so issue that in too.
So first: Why would Republican state legislators wish to throw money at faculties when they’re so usually (rightly) crucial of the campus ambiance at these faculties? They wouldn’t. They’re in search of methods to weaken them in lots of locations.
At the identical time, Republican legislators have gone by 15+ years of pushing take a look at-primarily based accountability in Ok12 faculties, and are actually in search of a well past that methodology of judging faculties. Sometimes folks simply need to undergo issues to see whether or not they’ll work or not, and a great deal of Republican legislators are there now. They need one thing that’s outcomes-primarily based with which to measure faculties, however they aren’t fairly positive what that ought to be.
But whereas all that’s going by their minds, these Republican legislators, NO MATTER WHAT THEY SAY IN ELECTION YEARS, are additionally too afraid as a bunch to move full-bore college large alternative packages of their states. Even with large majorities in deep crimson states, the general public Ok12 institution is simply too sturdy, and the selection packages we’ve got are objectively nonetheless actually small.
So what do they do as a substitute? They give attention to the mantra of “college and career readiness.” This theme has been round for at the least a decade, and is the “establishment” consensus, among the many elite leaders of BOTH the best and left.
There is an alternate coalition made up of individuals with what you would possibly name broader visions for Ok12 schooling, together with homeschoolers, classical schoolers, crunchy con varieties, anti-technocratic leftists, and so forth. although it’s a reasonably unfastened coalition due to the character of its constituent components. It’s the identical idea as evangelicals and Muslims having far more in frequent than they’d admit, or how huge enterprise and the cultural left are on the identical web page now. I wrote an article about this idea in schooling coverage, which was printed a month or so in the past: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1478210317743646?ai=1gvoi&mi=3ricys&af=R
Basically, it’s these in search of small-scale, human-sized, hyper native establishments, with all the quirks and native flavoring that goes with that on the one hand, [versus] the organized, standardization-and-information-above-every kind, who’re insiders and often have the formal energy, on the opposite. And those on the within write the payments.
Ultimately, from the Republicans’ aspect, making graduates show that they’ve at the least some form of plan for after highschool, and for which information could be simply obtained, and which at the least appears just a little extra goal and outcomes-primarily based than giant-scale standardized exams, is what these Republican legislators are pondering. I actually don’t assume it’s far more than that (once more, that’s from their perspective. They’re not in it to prop up the universities. You know in addition to I do this if legislators in some states put forth a invoice to fund SEC soccer with out the universities connected, it won’t move…however it will get greater than zero votes.
Now the Democrat legislators could also be searching for no matter methods they will to keep up enrollments. But “college and career readiness,” and technocratic measurement methods are the place Rs and Ds overlap and “get things done,” sadly.