9/12: Different schools of thought

By Maureen Downey

An Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation into rising salaries at Georgia’s public universities inspired a lot of debate. In a guest column, a professor defends the high salaries as supply and demand. And I write about a celebratory first day of school unlike any other in the metro area. Share your opinions and ideas about professor salaries and the Ron Clark Academy below or on my Get Schooled blog.

6 comments Add your comment

MrLiberty

September 13th, 2011
12:52 pm

Not Quite – Outstanding response. Saved me the trouble. Nice to see that more people are waking up to the insidious and dangerous consequences of federal intervention into all aspects of the economy.

JD

September 12th, 2011
12:25 pm

Not quite – take away government funding and all you’ll have are more lawyers suing fewer doctors who lose more of their investment due to the fact that more phds went to work for wall street trying out crazy theories… (And, yes, those were IVY LEAGUE educated folks that gave us the derivatives that have destroyed the economy)

EEWillie

September 12th, 2011
11:53 am

@Not quite.

So now that we know that you generally have a problem with anyone who doesn’t look like you….CLEARLY a bigot, as what does which Sociological science type majors offered have anything to do with a professor’s or school administrator’s salary? The discussion did not even have to go there, but bigots like you just cannot seem to help themselves. Those majors exist because in a SO-CALLED “civilized society” (which I am beginning to doubt exists inthe U.S. more each day) those issues exist, no different than political science, theology, psychology, etc. Not everyone is an Engineer, and if evryone were society would be imbalanced. By the way..I AM an Engineer!

Forest for the Trees

September 12th, 2011
11:47 am

The best thing we can possibly do is train our children to push all the right buttons in the right order so they can make their company’s CEO’s a lot of money. If they’re lucky, the CEO will give them enough money to then pay their bills, and maybe pay for health insurance too.

Getting an education is pointless unless you’re able to press the right buttons later on. History and philosophy are irrelevant if you aren’t able to consume enough to keep the economy going.

Not quite

September 12th, 2011
11:23 am

To an extent, it is supply and demand, but that supply and demand is skewed by public funding of higher education. Get the government funding out of the picture, and we would see a much more accurate model of higher education supply and demand.

Somehow, I don’t think we’d see as many Womens Studies or Hispanic Studies majors, or many of the other majors that have cropped-up in social science departments over the last several decades. They are simply not in demand in the business world. Once people are paying their own money for their degree, or borrowing it from a private institution which wants to be paid back, I think we’ll see some of the fluff in higher education (and the administrative bloat that goes with it) start to fall away.

There was an article I had read on CNN.com a few weeks back where it listed the 15 highest starting salaries, by college major. About 14 of them had the word ‘engineering’ somewhere in the title. None of them had the words ‘coordinator’ or ‘diversity’.

DawgDad

September 12th, 2011
10:52 am

I can think of ONE salary the Georgia public universities should not be paying . . .