Defunding Not the Police, But Ivy League Universities By James Reed

     Ivy league US universities are  in alphabetical order are Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Yale University. Ann Coulter seems to have joined me in wanting to defund these institutions, rather than the police. I think that this would be grand:

“Corporate plunderers, globalists, the wolf of Wall Street, 8 million “diversity” jobs (that go to Indians, not the descendants of American slaves, as intended)—that’s the America they revere. The new arrivals are fine with Red Guards going into cemeteries, ripping up symbols of our heritage. Just don’t dare lay a finger on their privately owned Rothkos! What do the Republicans say? No problem! Senate Leader Mitch McConnell says he’s “OK” with changing the names of military bases. Trump tweets narcissistic bluster. How about a bill withholding all federal funds from Yale University until it changes its name? The school’s namesake, Elihu Yale, was not only a slave owner, but a slave trader. Quite a dilemma for the little snots who attend and teach there! It will be tremendously damaging to their brand. After all, true sublimity for a Social Justice Warrior is virtue signaling and advertising their high SAT scores at the same time. If you refuse to fight, Republicans, don’t you at least want to have some fun?”

     Seeing the Australian universities being starved of their foreign cash cows was an uplifting experience for me, and even if there was a real plague, it would still be fantastic. Certainly, the foreign students will come back soon, but it is not all bad, as it looks like the guts is going to be kicked out of the AERTs and Humanities, the source of much political correctness:

“The cost of studying humanities at university is set to double, but "job-relevant" course fees will be slashed under an overhaul of tertiary education announced by the Federal Government today. Key points:

•    Under the tertiary education overhaul, humanities and communications will be in the same cost bracket as law degrees
•    Fee increases will not be implemented for courses which students are already undertaking
•    In some states, university applications for 2021 are double what they would usually be by this time of year

Education Minister Dan Tehan also announced an extra 39,000 university places for Australian students will be funded by 2023. Demand for 2021 is already soaring, with the estimated 20,000 year 12 students who usually defer university now less likely to take a gap year because of travel restrictions and the poor jobs market. The rising unemployment rate is also driving demand — in a recession, many unemployed people typically turn to universities. "We are facing the biggest employment challenge since the Great Depression," Mr Tehan said. "And the biggest impact will be felt by young Australians. They are relying on us to give them the opportunity to succeed in the jobs of the future."

Humanities students to pay as much as med students

The Government is using a carrot-and-stick approach to funnel students into the industries it believes will drive job growth. How fees will change:

•    Agriculture and maths degrees: 62pc decrease
•    Teaching, nursing, clinical psychology, English and languages degrees: 46pc decrease
•    Science, health, architecture, environmental science, IT and engineering degrees: 20pc decrease
•    Medicine, dental and veterinary science degrees: no change
•    Law and commerce degrees: 28pc increase
•    Humanities degrees: 113 per cent increase

Subjects in nursing, psychology, English, languages, teaching, agriculture, maths, science, health, environmental science and architecture will be cheaper. The Government will increase its contribution to the cost of these classes, so students can expect to pay between $3,700 and $7,700 per year. However, students enrolling to study law and commerce will have fees raised by 28 per cent. For humanities courses, fees will more than double, putting them alongside law and commerce in the highest price band of $14,500 a year. Critics of Australian universities decry their increasingly business-oriented focus, and this policy shift will add to those concerns. Humanities staff will also worry about job security as a $45,000 arts degree will likely see some students change their plans. The Minister says this will give the taxpayer best value for money. "Students will have a choice," Mr Tehan said. "Their degree will be cheaper if they choose to study in areas where there is expected growth in job opportunities."

Aim to increase employment rate of graduates
The Government says its priorities have been defined by pre-pandemic modelling showing 62 per cent of employment growth in the next five years will be in health care, science and technology, education and construction. The policy aims to increase the graduate employment rate of 72.2 per cent, which is lower than for vocational education, at 78 per cent. Students studying to be doctors, vets or nurses will see no change in the cost of their degrees, which are about $11,300 a year. The Government says no current student will pay increased fees. Students enrolled in courses where costs are going up will have their fees frozen. However, students enrolled in courses that are getting cheaper will be able to take advantage of the fee reductions from next year.”

“If tearing down statues is the thanks taxpayers get from tipping millions of dollars of subsidies into critical theory courses at university, it’s about time we stop chipping in. Want to spent three years reading Foucault and dreaming about vandalising Captain Cook statues? Fine, but don’t expect a cent from taxpayers. The government’s plans to reform university fees, hiking them dramatically for humanities courses and slashing them for science, agriculture and nursing, will encourage students to enrol in courses deemed more vocationally relevant. However arbitrary and debatable those classifications — psychology courses are in the group whose fees will drop (?) — taxpayers have every right to make judgements about the extent of support for particular courses, especially now.”

     Whoa! The socialists did not like this one, seeing where it is going. But the fightback it has to begin somewhere, and this is a mighty good start. Next strategy is culling out the Arts Farts academics as they no longer need places without student numbers. Then, after this victory, we work on the rest of my agenda. We are really getting somewhere. It is Friday afternoon, and I will be getting a bottle of cheap plonk to suck on tonight, while eating red meat fried in beef dripping, with a cheap cigar.



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