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  •  I heard an interview on a public radio program (10+ / 0-)

    last night of a young woman who can't afford college and who is working the overnight shift at a gas station because it pays 50¢ an hour more. She sounded hopeless.

    I wanted to track her down and tell her to research places in the world that provide college for anyone who wants to attend. Someone on DKos, (democrats ramshield maybe?) published a diary awhile back with info on educational possibilites in other countries. Perhaps it would wake us up if our young adults decamp for locations in which they could thrive. And some of them would come home with an understanding of the small-minded greed and selfishness that is driving our economic policies. Seems win/win to me...

    Poverty = politics.

    by Renee on Thu Jun 07, 2012 at 10:40:03 AM PDT

    •  I agonize (11+ / 0-)

      about raising my son in this country, I really do.  I have given long, serious thought to moving us overseas.  I have to balance that against the cost of basically never seeing his extended family.  I hate thinking what his life will be.

      Thought is only a flash in the middle of a long night, but the flash that means everything - Henri Poincaré

      by milton333 on Thu Jun 07, 2012 at 11:34:17 AM PDT

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    •  You have to qualify for the visas in other (9+ / 0-)

      countries. Most do not simply allow people to show up and start college, unfortunately.  If someone were able to establish residency, then a college education might be obtainable.

      But what of people who aren't cut-out or interested in college?  There are few to no training programs for vocational careers that are free or affordable in the USA.  It's all based on loans and massive debt.

      The system here is a mess.  But no one is showing much sign of wanting to change it -- no politicians or candidates of any party.

      What a Police State Looks Like: "On one side: soft human flesh, unprotected human skulls, cardboard signs, slogans they chant, armed with belief in 1st Amendment rights. On the other: helmets, body armor, guns, batons, chemical weapons." -- JanetRhodes

      by YucatanMan on Thu Jun 07, 2012 at 11:34:25 AM PDT

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    •  Sadly, that's an unlikely outlet. (3+ / 0-)
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      Renee, worldlotus, George Hier

      In any country, the benefits of free education are limited to citizens, or at best, permanent residents.  You won't be eligible for citizenship in most countries without some kind of blood tie to the country or lots of money.  The latter requires time, money and lots of paperwork.

      National boundaries mean nothing for Capital.  The rich are free to move their money almost without restriction these days.  It's a different story for the rest of us.  The movement of human beings to find work or needed benefits is severely restricted.

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