paying the price

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by Sara Goldrick-Rab


had decided not to read this book.. as i assumed it’d become one of the frustrating books.. filled with stats.. proving things that i believe are a distraction..

then this tweet.. had me requesting it from the library

Tim C (@floatingtim) tweeted at 10:11 PM – 10 Aug 2017 :

A reminder that library fines are bad practice. If your library still has them, offer your copy of #payingtheprice to lib director #DigPed (

which i believe is a huge issue..

i’m sure i’ll sound harsh on things.. (even though i appreciate Sara’s intent/work et al.. i’m glad she’s bringing unkowns to the surface.. et al).. but i we have to go deeper.. if we want things ongoingly better..





students encounter a price so high that it has changed what it means to attend college.. unfortunately, many people don’ t know this..

pluralistic ignorance via voluntary compliance et al

and this is occurring at a time when diplomas matter more than ever

i don’t believe that. and pushing that myth.. is part of why people are blindly taking out loans.. let’s go deeper.. let’s go deep enough..

this is huge


1 – possible lives


the creators of the current federal student aid system knew that college degrees brought real opportunities..

opportunities.. not real ones.. not free person ones..


at the same time, economic restructuring and political decision making has rendered higher education the singular option for getting ahead in america

this is a sham\e – 1\ sham: in it’s being right ..assuming you accept the capitalist goal of ‘getting ahead’ rather than betterness/eudaimoniative-surplus..  2\ shame: for perpetuating ideas that people need some pkg deal college ed and/or that they need to get ahead in america.. rather than facilitating equity (everyone getting a go everyday)

what a great time/opportunity.. to start living differently.. a nother way..  and we’re missing it.. because we can’t let go

today, the american vision of success runs this way: good parenting and hard work leads young adults to college, college attendance (both for young adults and midlife back-to-school students) leads to better jobs, *stronger families, happier marriages, and healthier and longer lives.

could possibly agree up to the * ..

so .. could say that college leads to better jobs (which i still don’t fully believe) .. but that’s the issue.. i don’t believe earning a living is our greatest potential.. and i don’t definitely don’t believe college ness leads to stronger families.. happier marriages.. and healthier longer lives.. science of people ness.. has us all buffaloed..


higher ed is no longer seen as a choice or a luxury – ti si viewed as the only available next step and, indeed, the only hope.

dang.. this is poison – all this ladder climbing talk – perpetuating a broken feedback loop – ugh


some think that because a college degree brings *higher wages better chances of **full time work.. ***this is a false hope.. the social mobility offered by higher ed, the opp to ****climb from one rung on the ladder to the next, is not accompanied by an assurance that others higher on the ladder aren’t also moving ahead at an even faster rate. there is not guarantee in other words that college ed people from low income families will not be *****left behind..

*does it..? – and if so.. is that really what our souls crave..? made up money..? so we can keep on measuring things/us..

**again – we crave that..? i don’t think so.. graeber job less law et al.. we just think that’s our only option..

***no joke.. based on a false assumption – that money matters to humanity

****all this ladder climbing talk.. ugh

*****left behind..? sounds familiar..

oy.. so many assumptions here..

and in american higher ed.. a vicious cycle of *exclusion and adaptation in which resources are unequally distributed in ways that preserve privilege helps to ensure **that people from lower-class backgrounds ***stay behind

*starting with the curriculum/pkg-deal/supposed-to ness of higher ed (all ed w a capital e).. keeping us all from us..

**that people. all people. not us

***again.. who’s deciding what behind is.. our american academia ness.. killing us on the community ness front of the ladakh.. before we schooled them.. or the hunter gatherers.. it’s time for eagle and condor ness.. not free/cheap status quo ness


this commitment to doing better for on’e s family provides a powerful motivation for college attendance.



60% of americans aged 25 to 64 do not hold a college credential. but 22% of them – 32.6 mn americans – have tried to get one. they left college frustrated, often saying it had something to do with money. the ladder people must climb to get to graduation has eroded, and a critical rung – affordability – is almost completely broken. we have to repair it.

? whoa.. let’s cut the ladder ness out.. it’s 2017.. dang.

we have the means to facilitate 7 bn curiosities.. everyday.. to disengage from money.. to have no poverty.. rather.. equity..

ie: hlb via 2 convos that io dance.. as the day..[aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]..  a nother way

in acknowledgements – Kathryn.. research funded by Gates.. Morgridge..

Kathryn Edin


i never found the library quote..



student debt

money ness

money less

radical econ


a nother way