So when Philly schools fired nearly every counselor in the district this week -- 283 in all, along with 3,800 other school staff, I guess you could say they were really freeing kids up from those time-consuming meetings about college or getting help dealing with bullying, sexuality and other personal social and emotional issues.
But not all adults were negatively impacted by Gov. Corbett's draconian budget cuts. Millions more were diverted from education to prison expansion. Pennsylvania will house 49,000 inmates at a cost of $35,188 per inmate and spend $9.3 billion to educate 1.8 million students at a cost in state dollars of $5,305 per child.
Can't help but wonder what they're going to do next
for to those Philly kids?
We must hate our children, Joan Walsh writes in Salon.com. We crush them with debt to go to college -- and now college loan rates have actually doubled this week. "Are we out of our minds?"
Of course, the truly lucky kids – those blessed wealthy members of the Lucky Sperm Club – sail through higher education without debt. But today, even upper-middle-class kids are having to take out loans, as the average annual cost of a four-year public university soars above $22,000, while private schools are over $50,000. Who the hell thinks this is a good idea?And the thing about college loans is, you can’t refinance them, and you can’t get out from under them by declaring bankruptcy. "It’s more like indenture", writes David Dayen. There’s no statute of limitation on collecting student loans, and lenders can garnish wages, tax refunds and even Social Security checks.
But remember, it's all about the kids.