The Government and College Collide

Colleges have been trying to become more liberal in solving their solutions, addressing problems, and catering towards student’s needs and wants. However, Victor Davis Hanson, a historian and winner of the National Humanities Model, presented a column about how colleges are actually moving further away from acting liberally than they had once believed. The choices that colleges have been making to address their issues can arguably be recognized as conservative more than liberal. Is this why problems aren’t getting solved as fast as people would like them to?

Hanson argues that colleges may want to claim to be liberal on the outside and encouraging open and creative minds, they are not allowing the freedom of speech and “edgy speech” that young adults deserve. They also should drop the political niceties, teach more inductive reasoning, and inform students on the current economic status of the job market.

Hanson makes a great point that keeping students informed in the employment rate after graduation and how much money they will be making can help parents and students be more proactive about paying off their loans, and allow parents to do cost-benefit analyses on college, just like you would do for any other major expenses. 

A standardized exit test similar to the ACT or SAT should also be given to all graduates, as a measurement on their education and increased knowledge after years of expensive study. 

Hanson believes that these are things that need to be done by universities, and therefore should be government regulated. However, building up a college that is more government regulated is far from being more liberal; it’s turning a university into being more conservative!

Do some of Hanson’s plans make sense? They can be beneficial to many students, but getting the government more involved in our higher education system may attract more harm than help. Getting a liberal education can be extremely important into making well-rounded graduates that have a better understanding of the world around them.

--Jessalyn Kieta



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