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people are resourceful

18 September 2000 _ 19h33m51 EDT
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~ disconnected thoughts on the definition of a school: people are not resources; people are resourceful. they are resourceful enough to have invented a plethora of tools which have been engineered and refined with the intention of doing nothing but making life and work more simple. they have even devised a system of associating types of tools, such as scanners and table saws, and exchanging them with another tool, money. an extension of these tools is a system of education; such systems have arisen in which a student pays into an institution, and in return, the student a certain of those resources which are best suited for the task that the student wishes to learn. for example, an aspiring architect might enter into a contract in which he or she pays for the use of a wood or metal shop, or perhaps a library…
what is not acceptable is a school taking $40,000 from a student for a more than two years, promising to him or her the tools that they require, and then not delivering the resources which the have essentially purchased.
it is unacceptable for a school to take this money from them, and then when they demand a return on it or of it, to have a faculty member to tell them to ‘stop fucking whining’ or to ‘get on with their lives’.
it is unacceptable to expect one class or generation of a student body to finance, at the expense of a quality environment, an administration’s future reward.
only a fool would declare that a school, like sci-arc, doesn’t need a building or tools or classrooms, because it has ‘los angeles as a resource. if that is the case, and i am expected to go out and find my education someplace else in los angeles, then by sending money to the bungling administration, i am essentially just buying a degree. i wish i had been told this during the orientation; i could have sent the check in two years ago, and saved myself some time and quite a few folks some grief.


~ 110a, the latest publication from the angry red planet, is almost ready for wide release. the test pressing is on the publisher’s desk this very minute. follow this news closely for updates!

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