Well, not really but we should! After all, the students are protesting about fees going up but who pays for their education? Correct, the taxpayers do – that’s us. Shouldn’t WE be protesting about the waste of money that is the education system? After all it’s OUR money. Government budgets are just like household budgets except there are more noughts on the end – lots more. The same rules apply, however, spend more than you earn and, eventually, you’ll hit the rocks and be forced to balance your books – that’s where the Country is right now.
Students complain about their ‘right’ to a free education but what about my right to have my contribution to society used in an equitable manner? For example, if the Country needs particular skills then why not offer incentives to students to study in those areas? Thus, it would cost more to study degrees that were of no interest to anyone but the student. Another thing, all this hot air about ‘baby boomers’ pulling up the ladder of opportunity is just that – hot air. The proportion of ‘baby boomers’ studying for a degree was around 4%, nowadays the proportion of the population has risen to 40% yet there is no evidence that the Country has fully benefited from it’s investment given the proportion of degrees in useless subjects.
Additionally, the blinkered approach by many learning institutions leads to a glut of graduates who simply cannot think laterally. In other words, if it’s not in the book it must be wrong! Furthermore, there’s a great deal to be said for not taking a degree in the first place! We seem to be building a World where no-one can actually do anything and have devalued those people who can work with their hands. Yet, the local electrician can’t be outsourced – well, would you bring one in from Delhi?
I think students should consider very carefully whether the degree they desire will be of any value, they should stop assuming that they have a right to an education and then a right to a well-paid job when they graduate. They should consider that tax-payers have a right to object to their money being wasted – who pays for Student Unions that organise protests? Tax-payers. Maybe if students could decide whether they wanted to support Student Unions those unions would have considerably less funding. Sadly, ALL students are automatically ‘conscripted’ and tax-payers automatically pay.
I suggest the students, and their unions, keep it down – if tax-payers protest they might find themselves unceremoniously pitched out of of their cushy life and looking for a job at minimum wage!