I had a great experience in school, from the very earliest days in elementary school all the way through college.
My high school made me study like I was already in college, and I was better off academically for it. Since McCallie is a private school, they rely on alumni giving as a source of income, and I pledged to give on a yearly basis when I left as a senior. Although I haven’t given much at this point, I would happily give more if I came across some extra cash.
I also had a great college experience, although going to Harding was totally different from my prep school. Also a private school, Harding probably relies even more than McCallie did on alumni donations, yet I haven’t given a dime in the two years since I graduated. This is not likely to change, for a handful of reasons, not the least of which is that Harding has zero financial transparency. They should be filing an IRS Form 990 but seemingly choose not to under the “religious entity” exception, preventing any potential donors from seeing where donations might be going. Lipscomb has nothing to hide, and hopefully neither does Harding.
Of course, when Harding presents Dinesh D’Souza (tonight’s on-campus speaker) as “one of the top young public policy-makers in the country” without mentioning that he wrote a book on the (completely reprehensible and destructive) premise that the left is responsible for 9/11, maybe there is something to hide.
I got a good education at Harding, but the bad taste of the school’s radically conservative politics still hasn’t left me, even though I’ve been gone for over two years now. You’re not helping your case today, alma mater. What a freakin’ joke.