Why extend the reach of the UNC system?

Typically, the statist Editorial Board at the Wilmington StarNews frequently gives large OP/ED space to University of North Carolina spokesmen (sometimes even women). Of course these people usually spread some leftist cause or promote more public spending for the bloated UNC system.

True-to-form, recently, the chancellor of UNC-Wilmington, Jose V. Sartarelli, wrote under the headline, “Extend reach of UNC system.” (Link below) Contrary to the skeptical why associated with free, open societies, Sartarelli says he likes to ask (the utopian-inspired) why not.  He comes from Brazil with a long history of political chaos, military dictators and communism. Sartarelli was educated in the U. S., but likely he retains socialist cultural and economic views.

Most Americans probably agree with the chancellor that education “changes people and societies for the better,” (questionable in modern, politicized Big.Edu); and that “opportunities for higher education should be available to everyone.”

But in America that has happened, unlike most countries in the world. We don’t need to “extend the reach” of higher education here—we have too many unqualified and uninterested people now in the system.  Further, many State systems have become fronts for leftist political activities and “social justice” propaganda centers, rather than education institutions.

Even Sartarelli admits “not everyone wants or needs a college degree.” Yet, he contradicts that with “collectively we must educate more of our citizens.” Why? Education is a personal activity, not a collectivist venture—motivated by the individual, not the state. Higher education should be available only for those who highly value it, want to work hard to achieve it, and are willing to pay for most of it.

Sartarelli’s rhetoric seems that of a central planner—a statist who presumes to see the future and wastes our resources on his cosmic visions—not an educator. He talks about North Carolina needing “to catch up with other states.” Why? Education isn’t a competitive sporting event, although sports helps keep the empire well funded (and has corrupted academics at UNC).

Our higher education institutions exist (or should) to provide those who desire and value it classical knowledge of history, religion, science, mathematics, economics, English literature, philosophy and logic—to be wiser, better people. They do not (or should not) exist to stuff as many student bodies in infinite space provided at little cost to the stuffees for their personal comfort and enjoyment.

Sadly, that seems to be the mission of most of our modern college and university administrators. And statists such as Chancellor Sartarelli continue to promote the quantity extension of higher education institutions rather than improve the quality of and access to valuable individual knowledge.




About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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