Re "Shift in mission puts state's community colleges in crisis" (Viewpoints, April 12): Assistant Professor Warren Swil misses two key points when he laments that California community colleges no longer offer enrichment in areas like ceramics and art history.
First, there is no manna from heaven. Enrollees are taking money from their neighbors and fellow citizens to pay for their personal enrichment. Perhaps their neighbors would instead like to use that money to pursue their own personal enrichment in something not offered by community college.
Second, someone must decide which "enrichment" should be offered and which should be excluded, and that's a scary role for government. Personally I think the changes that Swil bewails are long overdue.
I'm happy to pay for education that provides an economic return on investment, but crying because someone can no longer learn "about the history of the movies" perfectly exemplifies the destructive mindset that wants to spend precious resources frivolously.
--Rod McKinney, El Dorado Hills