The Bright Futures scholarships are still under legislative scrutiny and moving through committee makeovers. The core controversy: Too many Republicans want college aid to reflect a hierarchy of degrees. As in, those that don’t lead directly to a good job, as defined by the legislature, would get less money. A business degree leading to a career as a hedge-fund manager, for example, would merit more than, say, someone with a philosophy degree pursuing truth or a sociology degree wanting to help society’s under-served. Let’s not forget what a university is—and isn’t. At its best, it’s still a community of teachers and scholars and students embracing critical thinking, creatively searching for truth and pursuing ideals and ideas. What it is not is a trade school.

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