Today on Slate, I explain why college students are not customers. Although I am an opinion journalist, this is not an opinion. It’s a fact.
If given the benefit of the doubt, these assertions have some merit: College today is far too expensive. But let’s leave aside the fact that ballooning tuition does not, I repeat, does not, go to professors’ imaginary $200,000 salaries. Faculty are by and large co-victims, along with students, in the cratering of the American university system. Scaring the beejezus out of professors is largely redundant, and the GOP’s thirst for their blood is ideological.
But college students are not customers. That analogy needs to die. It needs to be drowned in the world’s largest bathtub. It needs a George R.R. Martin–esque bloodbath of a demise.
Enjoy and thanks for reading!
Update: Thanks to readers like you (and perhaps a few Libertarian hate-readers), this article reached #1 on Slate’s Most Read. Thank you!