The Penn State Spa and Country Club

Ann Neal, writing in the Wall Street Journal, reveals another quite different Penn State scandal:

…Edward Shils, distinguished service professor at the University of Chicago, saw the task of the university as the “discovery and teaching of truths about serious and important things.” Could Penn State—or most other American universities for that matter—make such a claim today?

When the most highly paid employee is the football coach, not the president, it’s clear something is awry. When football tickets and fancy student centers are the currency of the day, rather than affordable and quality education, clearly something is awry. When most classes are scheduled only between Tuesday and Thursday and the institutional answer is to build more buildings to accommodate the demand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.—as Penn State is doing—something is awry.

So the taxpayers of Pennsylvania are financing unnecessary buildings because spoiled adolescents and their under-worked teachers prefer a 3 day work week and then only between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.?

No wonder we are broke.

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