If I was 20 years younger and going to college, would I, like our peers did back in the 1980s, be studying "media" or advertising? Considering film school, law school or an MBA program? Would I hell.
First, I would save my parents serious cash by opting out of university, and attending instead a good local technical college. Then I'd spend a year after that, maybe going to night school studying English, English Lit and creative writing.
Upon finishing my studies I'd hang up my shingle as a high-end plumber in an affluent part of the world, like Conneticutt, Austin or Santa Barbara.
And I'd immediately turn my recently acquired English-language skills to writing a witty and informative blog about plumbing. And wait for the phone to start ringing off the hook after an initial start-up lull of... what? 12, maybe 13 mintues?
Gaping Void adds:
We are now moving into a world where you have two basic survival choices:
1. You can be the cheapest.
2. You can be the best.
There is no middle option.
Apply this to public schools. Cheapest? For parents, yes; for the public, not so clear (probably not). Best? Some are. But I think the vast majority of public schools do not want to compete in that arena.
Of course, maybe this analysis is not applicable to government-run enterprises -- they get to be as mediocre as the want to be without any irresistable pressure to improve.