Is the idea of higher education as a public good dead?

Lately I find myself increasingly frustrated. In particular, I’m frustrated by one strain of rhetoric that has increasingly crept into the public discourse. It is the idea that the acceptance of any social/government assistance is inherently a “hand out.” That somehow, our societal care for one another should only be expressed through private giving. That all individuals that accept public assistance are necessarily “leeches” on the system.  I find this incredibly disturbing and frustrating. Are we abandoning the idea that we are all in this together?  That by uplifting individuals we’re all uplifted… Read More