With all due respect, I take issue with your segment today (2/6) in your conversation with Daniel J. Flynn who was discussing his book "Blue Collar Intellectuals." I couldn't believe my ears when I heard my hero Thom Hartman say that my state accredited bachelor's degree was a "useless education." I am SICK AND TIRED of hearing talk show host make comments that basically say that if you don't have an IVEY LEAGE degree, then you wasted your money on your education. I now boycott (i.e. refuse to watch) Rachel Maddow and the Young Turks who have made similar uninformed remarks about modern day education.
While I completely respect your extensive and vast knowledge with all your life experience, you have no right to make judgment on mine. I attended the #1 private business school in the country. My night school teachers were required to work in the field they taught. Many also taught at a "big name" school here in town during the day. My statistics teacher worked in the aerospace industry. My Finance teacher was the VP of a bank. (At the time this was an honorable profession). I am now an editor of a major publication, and I believe that my "private school" English teacher was more instumental in helping me to write than any of my previous teachers. In addition, my math teacher made me actually enjoy doing math.
I worked very hard for my degree and I graduated with a 3.8 GPA in a double major. Many in my class couldn't cut the cirricullum and dropped out. And while maybe some of us are very intelligent, maybe we didn't have the money to attend Harvard, Oxford, Cornell, Stanford, etc. Maybe there are some people in the world who actually have to pay for their own education. Maybe some of us did not have the luxury of a trust fund and are working day jobs so we can support our families as we try to better ourselves. In today's fast paced world, working people do not have the option to attend a one-hour class at a traditional university every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 1-2 pm from September to June only!
I realize this was not the point you were trying to make and some people have been taken advantage of by private schools. But just to clarify, not all of these schools are "diploma mills" just because you and your guest say they are. I graduated in 1993 BEFORE people were learning online, so I do NOT have an "online degree." And besides, any school not using the Internet in this day and age to teach their students is way BEHIND the times. Maybe some people have had different experiences with private schools, but personally I believe that I received a top-notch education which I am very proud of.
So I would appreciate it if you would please ISSUE A RETRACTION AND AN APOLOGY to this comment as this was a very insulting and unwise thing to say. I enjoy your show, so please do the right thing and correct this situation so I don't have to find another progressive talk show to keep me informed. Thank you.