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  •  Utter nonsense (4+ / 0-)
    The list of countries with free college education is a nonsensical mix of genuinely prosperous countries where the guarantee is real, middle-income countries where it's an aspirational goal that's quasi-met by cloning seriously bad universities, and poor countries that can't even get a majority of their populations into secondary school.
    Some of those "prosperous' countries have high taxation and are more socialized than we are.  Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark comes to mind.  They not only have some of the highest quality healthcare but one of the most highly educated population on the planet.  We should be trying to emulate them, not mocking their 'aspirational goal that's quasi-met by cloning seriously bad universities'.  Oh and last I checked some of our universities weren't bastions of higher education either.  

    As for all that drivel about poor countries, well don't you think that their goal for getting out of poverty maybe has something to do with educating their population so that they can compete on a global marketplace and stop being poor?  Argentina, Brasil and Peru are such countries where there are many people who as you say can't get into secondary school, yet the people who are educated are all coming here and kicking our ass.  Working on Wall Street and Manhattan, starting businesses and then taking their expertise and money and going back so that their country grows while ours sinks under the weight of student debt.  

    It's this kind of thinking that will doom us in the future.  Poorer nations are rushing to educate their masses, even if it means by having them educated in bad universities.  In the meantime we are making higher education more and more difficult.  Countries like Portugal are requiring their kids learn 3 languages including English and by 3rd grade every kid has a laptop and is computer literate.  In two generations Portugal will go from being a third world nation where people didn't have centralized plumbing and had to use outhouses to a nation where the young are not only highly educated but computer literate and able to work in almost anywhere in the world.  Our kids can barely speak English properly.  

    This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

    by DisNoir36 on Tue Jul 03, 2012 at 04:43:28 AM PDT

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