Ok now I am going to swerve from my usual creative babble to rant for a minute about comments made on face book about the rise in Uni fees in the. The fees are set to almost triple in 2012! So instead of a 3 year course costing around 10K it will cost nearly 30K.
I've been reading comments like "Too many people are getting into university these days it will make a degree be worth something again"
Ok this person should just shut their cake hole in my opinion. I will write this slowly so they can understand. If they made GCSE the A levels harder this would make it more worthy as you would have to work harder to get in. I mean come on the introduction of A* clearly shows that exams now days are just too easy there fore cheapening education.
My mate Tamsin is a frickin genius and she didn't get 10 A's at GCSE or 3 A's at A level. Making something more expensive does not make it worth more!
The other little gem "It works in America" HA does it really, I believe that it only makes the divide between the rich and poor even bigger. The rich ones who have marginal intelligence get to walk in because they can pay and the poor kids have to be Einstein to even get considered. Then this has a knock on effect out in the big wide world where more and more companies will only take on graduates. So an averagely smart poor person will be far more limited in Job opportunities than an averagely smart rich person.
One my husband heard on the radio "Yeah why shouldn't they pay, they'll be able to afford it when they get their 100K job" Having a degree doesn't mean you are automatically a 50k bonus a year banker. My nephew wants to be a teacher ( And God knows we need them) But he'll never earn that kind of money. My friend Lucy is a teacher and she earns OK money but it's taken her nearly 15 years to get there.
I think a lot of people who didn't go to university think that it's just a doss and have a bit of a chip on their shoulders. I didn't go to university so I don't know if it is or not, I think some courses are more of a skive than others. But to assume that everyone is just on a four year piss up is a bit unfair.
What I think raising the fees will do is put off a lot of kids from lower income families from even bothering to try because they don't want to put any more financial burden on the family.
I think that what it will do is instill an idea that only the wealthy get ahead and create more animosity and less motivation to try.
Now last but by no means least where is this extra money going? Will the universities be getting any of the extra 6K per student a year? Will the extra money be going towards making a better education system. Or is it going to the government? Is it a glorified EDUCATION TAX. Is that extra money going towards trying to fish us out of the shit that they themselves created?
Next we'll be paying through the nose for health care and pledging allegiance to the flag. I think you know which one I mean.