I enjoy scanning TheRoot.com on my google reader every afternoon. It usually has a nice mix of news from around the country. However I was pretty surprised when I read the post regarding Pell Grants Hurting Minorities.
Being a minority myself, I am sort of conflicted about the issue. Yes, I want minorities especially black men to have the opportunity to utilize federal funding like other citizens towards education. However, I’m in support the new regulation regarding this student loan debt issue because many of these schools are exploiting minorities. I’m thinking of reports out there that says these schools are not preparing students for jobs. Yes without the Pell Grant students attending some of these Colleges will take on more student loans. (Do you want to pay for education that doesn’t prepare you anyway?)
With this regulation in place are schools going to ignore their primary selling point? ::cough Financial Aid cough:: I don’t think so. I think they will make changes to increase the earning potential of their graduates. This regulation is encouragement for Colleges to prepare students for the jobs and the American Dream the Enrollment Advisors sold them on.
Furthermore, many of these schools are Career, Vocational and Technical Schools educating our communities. Which begs me to ask: Do we really need more Cosmetology and Auto-mechanic certificates floating around? Seems to me the community needs educators, economists and philosophers. So do we really want these schools educating our communities, increasing our debt load with out repercussion? Not to mention your tax dollars being used to generate wealth for these companies (but that is another post).
Credit to Mr. Alford I thought it was good article. In regards to the Editors Note, I can understand the stance. But I’m sure there were more ways to spin this story to challenge your organization to take responsibility instead of flat-out avoidance. But we each have to pick our battles maybe this isn’t yours.
Editors Note: Our parent company, The Washington Post Company, and its Kaplan division have also taken a position opposing the Department of Education’s planned revision of the financial aid eligibility requirements.