[Marxism] Fwd: Elitists, crybabies and junky degrees: A debate over higher education funding | The Washington Post

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Nov 27 06:04:39 MST 2017

‘Go out and generate revenue’

Antenori [Arizona elected official] was born in Scranton, Pa., and 
dreamed of playing football at Pennsylvania State University. But he 
started partying and his grades slipped in his senior year of high 
school. His father balked at paying for college.

“I’m not paying for C’s,” Antenori recalled his father saying. “You want 
to go? You pay for it.”

So at 17, he joined the Army, which promised him $20,000 toward college 
if he enlisted for three years. He stayed on, joined the Green Berets 
and became a medic. He didn’t get around to college until he was 32.

Still on active duty, he enrolled in a pre-med program at Campbell 
University in North Carolina, a Baptist school a few miles from Fort 
Bragg. He earned a bachelor’s degree taking classes four nights a week 
and on weekends.

After he retired from the Army in 2004, he moved to Tucson, where he 
works as a program manager for a major defense contractor. Earlier this 
year he completed an online MBA through Grand Canyon University, a 
for-profit Christian school in Phoenix.

“I got functional degrees that helped me move up in the corporate 
world,” he said, crunching through the parched grass on his 40-acre 
ranch in the southeastern Arizona desert. Compact and muscular, wearing 
a red T-shirt and dusty work boots, he speaks with jackhammer bluntness.

Antenori said many young people would be better off attending more 
affordable two-year community colleges that teach useful skills and turn 
out firefighters, electricians and others. Obama promoted that same 
idea, launching new efforts to boost community college and workplace 
training. But Antenori said he believes Obama pushed young people too 
hard toward four-year degrees.


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