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  •  I'd like to add one thing (5+ / 0-)

    I like students, and enjoy meeting their parents, but...

    I took my niece on a campus visit to U. Toronto where a fine education is to be had at a reasonable cost for an American. As we were walking around, I overheard a preppy parent with his two daughters noting the cost savings that UT would provide over PSU (they were from Philly).

    At one point, the Dad was coaxed to ask a question for his daughters. He asked, "What are the clubs like in Toronto?" The host replied, there are a lot of student clubs, in foreign languages, ethnic studies, sports, crafts, arts, etc. "No, no, I meant the clubs, as in dancing, nightclubs." Oh, yes, Toronto is a big city. There are a lot of them.

    My niece, who was probably more than a little interested in the question, was extremely embarrassed that she was the only other American on the tour.

    Part of the problem is we infantilize 18-22 year olds.

    There are two kinds of people in this world. The kind who divide the world into two kinds of people, and the kind who don't.

    by upstate NY on Thu Jun 10, 2010 at 04:26:56 PM PDT

    •  I went to U of T for graduate degrees (2+ / 0-)
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      Odysseus, upstate NY

      and loved it.  But I am not sure people know what they are getting when they send a kid to a different instructional system than the U.S.  It does save money, and there is health insurance available (a life saver as a grad student!) but it isn't the same.  Good luck to them all.

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