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Comment: Re:How about we disband the Dept of Education? (Score 1) 295

Libertarian? Maybe. But nonetheless there's nothing about education in the US Constitution
In fact:
"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

Comment: How about we disband the Dept of Education? (Score 3, Insightful) 295

There is no justifiable federal role in education. Education has traditionally been and should be locally managed.
We don't need more regulation surrounding student loans, we need less. In fact there shouldn't be any federal student loans at all.

Comment: Re:I suppose, but (Score 3, Informative) 149

by stevegee58 (#46248217) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Options For Ongoing Education?
I second this. I'm in a specialty like OP, embedded software in C/C++. Like OP I've been feeling the heat due to economic slowdown, defense cuts, sequestration, etc.
After looking into switching software fields to web/database I decided to stick with embedded. The fact is that there is still a demand for embedded software and I'd have to take a significant pay cut to switch out of it. I guess it boils down to if you want more *perceived* job security at lower pay or to take your chances at higher pay.

Comment: Bullshit! (Score 4, Interesting) 597

by stevegee58 (#46244685) Attached to: Financing College With a Tax On All Graduates
How about the federal government and higher education address the root causes that contributed to a 1000% increase in tuition and fees since 1980?
Low cost federally subsidized student loans are a major part of this problem. It's bad enough that this is a huge overstepping of federal authority. The availablility of billions of dollars of cheap money has fueled the fire of educational hyperinflation. Take away the cheap money - tuitions go down.
Maybe more people in Congress should go take EC101 again (for the first time).

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