Archive for March 25th, 2009

Feesibility

College fees must be used to combat social inequality – The Irish Times – Wed, Mar 25, 2009

Since students themselves personally reap the financial rewards of their higher education, it’s only fair that they should be required to invest in their future careers. On a macroeconomic level, the country benefits from a well-educated workforce, but on a personal level, lawyers, doctors, dentists, teachers and computer scientists earn a good rate of return on their education. Why shouldn’t they pay something towards it?

Magic idea. Let’s call it ‘income tax’. Mad as fuck I know, but I’m just one crazy bastard. Then there’s this.

Economics rather than ideology is driving the move, but the principle that students who can afford it should contribute towards the cost of their tuition should be re-established.

Like Terry Eagleton succinctly observed, as with bad breath, ideology is always what the other person has.

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