If colleges owe students refunds, it’s not because of the pandemic

Cooper Conway:

In light of the recent coronavirus pandemic, there is a debate on whether universities should hand out refunds to their students who are now taking courses online. I believe that universities would be wise to hold on to every penny they can right now. As students learn online from home, for the first time many parents will see what their children are really learning—and conclude that sending them to overpriced universities is not worth the crushing debt.

To be fair, the standard science, arithmetic and writing classes are still offered at my school and many others. But mixed in with those courses, at every turn, is a suffocating blend of identity politics and left-leaning pedagogy. This curriculum is promoted by my university, Boise State, for example, with programs for staff on how they “unknowingly support racism and white supremacy.”