In “Dispatches from Pepper-Spray University,” Julia Sze and Sunaina Maira analyze the incident in 2011 where students of UC Davis were pepper sprayed by police while protesting a proposed tuition increase. They argue that neoliberalism and the increased privatization of universities in the United States is the cause of events like these; the lack of funding from the government forces universities to increase tuition dramatically, causing immense pressure on students and their families.
The New York Times article “The Law School Debt Crisis”, by the Editorial Board, describes the growing problem the American law students face with student debt and unemployment. The authors write that tuition increases leave the average law student with over $100,000 in student debt and less students have been passing the BAR exam in recent years. The authors blame the governmental loan system for offering limitless loans to students who are later unable to pay them off. This massive debt increase lowered the amount of law school applicants, causing schools to accept lower quality applicants and thus increasing the amount of students who cannot pass the BAR exam and end up unemployed and drowning in debt.
Like Sze and Maira, the authors of the NY Times article blame the government for tuition increases, but they show a different aspect of the problem. Sze and Maira focus on the lack of government funding causing privatization while the NY Times claims that offering too much money in loans gives students more debt than they can pay off. It seems to me that if the government is giving money towards education, it should go to lowering tuition instead of increasing the burden of student debt.