Free To Choose 1980 – What’s Wrong with Our Schools?– Colleges
What happens when the educational market is distorted? Look at state colleges and universities. Their fees are generally very low, paying for only a small part of the cost of schooling. They attract serious students, just as interested in their education as the students at Dartmouth or other private schools, but they also attract a great many others; students who come because fees are low, residential housing is good, food is good, and above all there are lots of their peers. It’s a pleasant interlude for them. The University of California at Los Angeles. For those students who are here as a pleasant interlude, going to class is a price they pay to be here, not the product they are buying. DARRELL DEARMONE, LECTURER: We frequently wind up with people who cannot compete favorably with even the average person here. There is a magnet here for everything. We have the best weather, practically speaking, in the country. Hollywood is here, Beverly Hills is here, the social scene, the television industry in this country is centered here. FRIEDMAN: The justification for using tax money to support institutions like this is supposed to be so that every youngster, regardless of the income or wealth of his parents, can go to college. A few youngsters from poor families are here, but not very many.