“Student loans are destroying the imagination of youth. If there’s a way of a society committing mass suicide, what better way than to take all the youngest, most energetic, creative, joyous people in your society and saddle them with, like $50,000 of debt so they have to be slaves? There goes your music. There goes your culture. There goes everything new that would pop out. And in a way, this is what’s happened to our society. We’re a society that has lost any ability to incorporate the interesting, creative and eccentric people.” ~David Graeber
i live in a college town. and at the restaurant i serve in i’ve seen countless students graduate, quit their waiting job here, move back home, get another waiting job, and start paying off their student loans. ya know, i feel some judgement when i tell people that i’m not in school right now, but i’ll take that any day over the hopeless prison the american education system has become.
John D. Rockefeller said it from the get go when he founded the board of education. “I do not want a nation of thinkers; I want a nation of workers.” and lo and behold.