This is a Sunday post for a reason. Plus I simply don’t have the energy anymore to talk about it:
The question of “would the money spent on these projects be put to better use elsewhere for student well-being” is really a matter of opinion.
Yes, a matter of opinion. Of course. It’s just that some opinions appear to be “triumphs” and others not. I don’t know why I bother to teach. I am reminded of the environmental record of the Soviet Union by all of this. Despite having the “toughest” environmental laws on the books of any industrialized country in the 1970s and 1980s the USSR turned out of course to be an ecological disaster. It was so bad, I have read, that life expectancy in the USSR actually fell from the 1970s through the 1980s – I think this is the only industrialized country for which that happened.
And the Soviet response to this revelation?
They stopped publishing mortality statistics.