Sunday, June 20, 2010

Free University, Free Housing, Free Drugs!

That's the lefty mantra. Free anything for votes. How realistic is all this free stuff?

Not very. Let's take free university as an example. Only 75% of high school kids graduate. What would happen if those 75% got free tuition? Salaries would go down, because many university jobs are non-union.

Lets talk about lawyers. We already have too many of them because they have no quotes, so the value of a law degree is depreciated. Imagine everyone who wants to go to university can because of no tuition. All those university students shouting for free everything, would get nothing because their degrees would become useless, just like an arts degree is today.

If everyone gets into university, the degree becomes worthless.

6 comments:

bullpup said...

While I was working in Denmark, I noticed so many Polish working in the restaurants, I asked a co-worker what was up. He told me that not enough Danish to work these jobs, the Danes mostly get educated and won't work unless it's a job worthy of their education. He told me a large number of Danes work out of the Country for most of the year, giving them a income tax exemption, leaving 60% taxes for the others and the Polish. Free university is not what a country needs, if you were to compare it with Denmark.

Frances said...

If there's to be free education, let's have it for the trades. We certainly need more plumbers, electricians, etc.

CK said...

Actually, that's not entirely true.

In France, medical school is paid for by the state, yet it is highly competitive to enter.

This has proven to be quite beneficial to their (the French) health care system (which ranks #1 in the world, bts)as new doctors are not strapped with the worries of paying back loans. They can simply concentrate all their energies at hand; practicing medicine.

Think a med degree from a French med school is 'worthless'?

CanadianSense said...

We already have graduates with worthless degrees and diplomas in large numbers leaving colleges and universities.

I had a conversation on Saturday with a contractor along the same lines.

We were both laughing when the university graduate meets a plumber for the first time and hands him a $300 bill for a quick repair.

Anon1152 said...

You're assuming that everyone who graduates is qualified to enter university. That isn't the case here and now [in Canada]. It is even less the case in countries where tuition is low or nonexistant. In European countries like Denmark, far fewer students have post secondary educations.

Don't take my word for it.

Page 39 on this OECD report has Data on education attainment across different countries: http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/41/25/43636332.pdf.

I'm looking under the "Total tertiary" ages 25-64 column(s).

You'll see that Canada has far more people with post secondary educations. 48% compared to Denmark's 32%.

Denmark also seems to have a lower unemployment rate compared to Canada

maryT said...

The downfall of a university education and degree started when standards were reduced so more could get in.