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I may not be a winner, but I know how to make the rules. My text has an open, 'GPL-style' copyright, and I claim no patents. I only claim personal ownership of the science of linguistics itself.

Yes, Virginia, education can be free, if the right people own knowledge itself!

This Is An 'Anything Goes'* Site!

The proposed natural system (or science) of anti-grammar is the sole property of Robert K. Joyce, or his estate, by right of salvage, and may not be taught or used without express permission. One instance of this right of ownership consists of a ban upon the faculty of the Jeb Bush College of Education of the University of Florida, which is expressly prohibited from teaching or otherwise exploiting the anti-grammar natural system.


"I don't know how much I borrowed, truthfully. ... I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Economics and I regret that I now have to question whether I was naive to have believed in the value of education."

Look at it this way: now you get to apply some economics.

Elaine Meinel Supkis

Reading the stories of people in trouble was very depressing because of the lack of scholarship and other basic abilities. Lawyers who didn't understand the laws, economics majors who were clueless about compound interest, etc.

And this means our educational system is malfunctioning!


I think your analysis about the liberal arts institutes being playgrounds for the rich is essentially correct. That is what I saw at Centre College of Kentucky.

50% of the students did not have any financial aid, so where was the money coming from? They did not have jobs and most had never had a job. I started working for money when I was 13 years old. I started paying into Social Security when I was 15.

They spent money wildly and in ways that I had never seen before. They wore clothes I would never dream of buying because they were so expensive, and then they tore them up for fun. I worked all through college while they went to wild vacation spots.

Only a few individuals graduated with a sincere desire to learn and help others. Only a few could read and write on what should have been a "college level". Only a few would go on to become something other than a banker or a hustler.

The impression I got from many of the students was that their parents were going to get them jobs at places where they worked or had friends, so they did not need to study or work hard. They had a guarranteed job waiting for them.

It was party time three nights a week or more. Even my high school guidance counselor refered to Centre as a "party school". I thought she was joking. How could a college that cost so much be a party school? She was right and I was wrong.


"Even when I was a financial counselor telling my clients that the first step to resolving debt issues is to open up and look at their bill statements I was not able to really look at my student loan debt."


Elaine Meinel Supkis

Yup. Facing the truth is very hard.

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i went to the same school as patrick. i remeber those girls from my school who wrote in. they were white trash...i always felt so bad for them.

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