In this age of slash-and-burn/horse race/lawfare political campaigns, here’s something you almost never see anymore: a candidate proposing an original idea to make life better for Americans.
Donald Trump announced a proposal to create a new university that he calls the American Academy. He said it would be paid for with “billions and billions of dollars that we will collect by taxing, fining and suing excessively large private university endowments.” Trump said it would offer top-tier educational content online, including lectures, study groups, mentors and industry partnerships, to “make a truly world-class education available to every American — free of charge.”
Sounds much better, cheaper and more efficient than going into the poorhouse to send your kids to Harvard and have them turned into communist Hamas sympathizers. It’s also the first proposal I’ve seen from anyone that recognizes the reality that the old model of expensive, four-year colleges is already antiquated, when you can get all the world’s information over the Internet (FYI: you can already watch all the classes from MIT free on YouTube.) For many young people, college has become less about learning anything useful than about making social contacts, getting indoctrinated into leftism, and avoiding joining the real world and the workforce for four years.
Some of us have been talking about the problem of higher “education” (only the price is higher) for years, but for many, the recent outbreaks of pro-Hamas, anti-Jewish radicalism on campus have finally opened their eyes. I think this meme from Instapundit sums up the sudden shift in the public’s attitude toward the Ivy League perfectly: