So let me ask you folks something?
How would you feel if Thom Hartman and today's guest host Karl Frisch referred to one your life's biggest accomplishments as "worthless," or as Thom put it back on 2/6/12, "useless."
NOT cool eh? That's how I felt AGAIN today when I listened to Karl and his guest Tina DuPuy referring to the private school where I got my business degree as a "diploma mill." And even someone as smart as Thom Hartmann did the same thing back on 2/6/12 in his interview with Daniel J. Flynn.
I am a life-long Progressive. So don't start calling me a Republican spy. The point is, 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. Talk about "Snobs!" And I have heard similar remarks from Rachel Maddow, and The Young Turks. Again, love you guys, but this is NOT cool! While I completely respect your extensive and vast knowledge with all your life experience, you have no right to make judgment on mine.
I have degrees from both public and private schools so I am well aware of the difference between the two. The one way to determine if the school you plan to attend is going to give you a "worthwhile" education is if they have state accredidation. The University of Phoenix, DeVry, University of Redlands, Pepperdine, Keller, and most adult schools do have state accredidation. 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 instrumental in helping me to write than any of my public school 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 cirriculum and dropped out. And while some of us may be 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!
Spare me your lectures about "you're missing the point, they were talking about predatory lenders." I get that. But where does someone else get off determining the value of my education?!?!? Did you graduate from any of these schools that you're slandering? Ok... THEN YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT!!!! Why do you find it necessary to discredit and degrade someone else's education to make your point?
I realize this was probably not your intention and you were only trying to point out that some people have been taken advantage of by private schools. But did you ever think about the students of these schools you are trying to discredit? Not all of these schools are all "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.
My previous request to rectify this situation was ignored. So again, I would appreciate it if you, Karl, Tina, and Daniel would please ISSUE A PUBLIC RETRACTION AND AN APOLOGY to this comment as this was a very insulting and unwise thing to say. I encourage you to go after the predatory lenders, but don't discredit the work of the actual students. Those of us who graduate are proud of this accomplishment and the only thing minimizing the value of our educations are talk show hosts who try to discredit them. It would be appreciated if you share these thoughts amongst the Progressive Talk show hosts to prevent this unfortunate misunderstanding from occuring again in the future.
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. And please note, that if this request goes ignored again, my fellow students and I will make every effort to clarify you slandering our educations. Wouldn't you?
"Smarter Than You Think"