Comments on Obama’s Push for Community College for Everyone
The President (Obama) is pushing free Community College for all. This, by the way, is not a new idea. The Truman Commission Report wanted the same thing, in 1947. The report mentioned free first two years of college for all of those people who could benefit from it. I would take that to mean everyone, who was able to handle it. President Truman had a high school diploma and two years of law school. This might have played into the Commission’s decision.
In the spirit of free Community College for all, Obama’s Whitehouse sent out, so far and as of May of 2015, two e-mails with testimonials saying how so-and-so got where they are today because of Community (or Junior) College.
The first e-mail I got was about Dr. DJ Patil, the U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy and Chief Data Scientist for the Office of Science and Technology Policy. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from University of California, San Diego (1993-1996) and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Maryland, College Park (1996-2001). << https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/02/18/white-house-names-dr-dj-patil-first-us-chief-data-scientist>>
He went to De Anza College in 1992. This is in the Greater San Francisco area (Cupertino). Is this one or two semesters? The material I looked at did not say. He says that while there he realized he was pretty good at math? He probably would have taken at most 1 or 2 Mathematics courses at this school. One would not have even been able to complete Calculus in one or two semesters. He was also taught how to write and confidence. This is apparently Freshman English Composition. All of this in one or two semesters? He spent six years in college to get a PhD.
The reason for this testimonial was the junior College he went to helped him to understand Mathematics. He said that he was not very good at it in high school. This would appear the Community College he attended got him everything. I would imagine that his math ability in high school was better than average. One or two math courses in his Community College was not much. How does one go from a Bachelor’s degree directly to a PhD, without a Master’s degree in between. I wish I could have gone from a bachelor’s degree directly to a PhD. I would imagine that is why it took him 6 years to complete his PhD.
The second e-mail I got told a little about Tom Hanks’ story. He attended Chabot College in Hayward, California. This is also in the Greater San Francisco or Oakland area. He said tuition was free back in the 1970s when he went. Well Mr. Hanks that is over. It now costs $9,048 per semester ($4750 total living expenses included). Tuition/Fees itself is $4298 per semester (or $489 per unit taken). << http://www.chabotcollege.edu/international/tuition.asp>>
By contrast Austin Community College’s, in Texas, tuition and fees per semester hour is only about $85, so for a full time student it is $1275. << http://www.austincc.edu/tuition-and-financial-aid/tuition-and-fees-chart>> So, Chabot College is now very expensive compared to other Community Colleges.
Tom Hanks said the he produced an HBO mini-series about John Adams from an outline he got from Chabot College. I am happy he something out it, but I would think that he could have produced it without that but I am happy he still had it years later. He did read plays and then saw them produced while at Chabot College. But none of that would have happened if he had not been a successful actor. He did not say that he attributes his success as an actor to Chabot College. He did not even say it led to more education that did help him become an actor. My point is it did not help very much directly.
I feel in both cases the reasons given for success started at a Community College are insignificant at best. At worst they are misleading.
Now, the Obama Administration, who claims to be the most open administration in US history, does not allow or will not post contrary opinions or testimonials. I told my story at their web-site and they did not post it. I even got an e-mail from VeeP Joe Biden or rather his office I would imagine. It said words to the effect that my story could not be published, it said because of the volume of the responses. Yeah right. What I did see, and there were not many, were all positive stories. I got the same response when I did a reply to the email about Dr. Patil. In order to be fair they should posted as many negative stories as they did positive, if they had enough negative stories.
This essay just goes to show the ineffectiveness and self-promotion (advertising of needless stuff) of government and in particular the federal government. It shows that government will e-mail testimonials of famous people but won’t even post a testimonial contrary to their goals. It is very disingenuous.
I feel that the idea of free Community College for all (or for millions) is not an original idea. It is also not all of that helpful. It is ironic that both of these individuals lived in Northern California, Greater San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area. Again, the Federal Government needs to stay out of education. It should not be promoting anything to do with education. The US Constitution Bill of Rights says (implies) that education is a State’s right issue. Obama even agrees. So, what is Obama doing here? Also, but in this case it is actually more of an individual issue. Got to college or not based on your own mind someone in government telling you to do so. President Obama telling you to go to college is the Appeal to Celebrity logical fallacy. He is POTUS, therefore is famous, but not an educator or any authority in education. While both testimonials are also both an Appeal to Celebrity logical fallacy. Forgetting the ethical consideration for a moment this should be rejected because of the two logical fallacies just mentioned. Both Dr. DJ Patil and actor Tom Hanks both went on to more or much more education, to get where they are today.