Thursday, February 23, 2012

Costs of Education

We seek no price, O king.  We ask only a fit place for teaching and quick minds to teach, and besides these food and clothing…
—Answer to Charlemagne’s question to two teachers regarding what price they require to take a teaching post.  From Richard Winston in Charlemagne (1960).

Contrast this with today.  I recently sent an email to university administrators volunteering to assemble a Task Force to find ways to manage the rise in tuition.  Of course, it may have been me that repelled them, but I got no reply to my email. This is not illogical.  Why would we care, when the money keeps rolling in no matter what we do?