Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Failure of Higher Education in Greece

Drudge has linked to yet another article on the sorry decline of Greece, this time focusing on higher education. Here are a few gems that explain why it's all going to hell and why pursuit of the same policies in the U.S. will also lead to ruin:
'Professors at Greek universities are civil servants paid by the state and their wages aren’t tied to their productivity.'

'Greek students pay no tuition, a fact enshrined in the constitution, so there’s no incentive to leave college.'

'. . . Greek students have a significant role in the governance and administration of the universities, including a say in the hiring of the rectors in charge. . . . That power is often exploited by political parties, which have large and active youth branches, to fight reform.'

'Another legacy of the 1970s youth movement was a prohibition against police entering campus. Originally intended to protect student protesters from police brutality, it meant drug dealers and users could find asylum on campuses. . . . While that law was overturned last year, the deans must invite police on campus, and because the deans were elected by students, they are loath to do so.'

'Legislation that passed in August by a wide majority reduces the power of students, subjects professors to research audits and, for the first time, creates outside governance councils, all of which will help break up the calcified system. . . . Students are fighting the moves to limit their power, and physically blocked voters from casting ballots that would create the new councils . . . Rectors have no incentive to force the changes.'
Read it all.


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