I just finished reading Jay Ambrose’s “Other Views” opinion published April 22.
I wish to take issue with his final sentence in his opinion piece. To quote:” If he (Bernie Sanders) then fulfilled his pledge of free public universities, private colleges would die.”
Even though I admit if private colleges did die, I would have a grossly short mourning period, that’s not really what my objection is. I attended Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California, from 1969 to 1972 and paid a nominal free for registration, no tuition. I then transferred to UC Berkeley in Berkeley, California, in 1973 and attended until 1976 and paid $335 per trimester, averaging $1,000 a year.
Was I hallucinating, or were Stanford, Yale, Harvard, Princeton and Dartmouth absolutely thriving private institutions at the time? I’m not exactly remembering ancient history, although I have a touch of gray in my hair.
Is is possible for him to explain exactly why these institutions would die? Wealthy people always want to set themselves apart. I don’t think wealthy families would abandon Harvard and Stanford to send their precious progeny to mingle with the great unwashed and grubby little schools like UC Berkeley.