Why is education so expensive?

Discussion in 'Education' started by Politicskid, Nov 18, 2012.

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    Okay, recently I was looking into the price of college and how I would pay for it and all that. To me, it looks like it's been skyrocketing, even after you adjust for inflation. How can we expect to end up with a well-educated workforce when so few people will be able to afford it? Also, why is it as high as it is, and how can we bring it back down?
     
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    I am by no means an expert on this.

    But, from what I've read, the price has to do with 1) the standing of the university, 2) the facility costs, and 3) how much the staff is paid.

    Have you thought of "alternative" schools? Such as going to a Junior College and taking classes more useful in the market place? Or, some of the others online institutions that also give you education leading to marketable skills - not just computer programming, nursing, etc, but other vocational subects?

    The only way university prices will go down if more and more young people search elsewhere for their education.:cool:
     
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    work your way through school
     
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    No, really? If I "work my way through school" the cost will magically go down?
     
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    no, but you will not need a loan and pay interest
     
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    There are many reasons for skyrocketing tuition rates. One of which is Pell Grants and government assistance. The more money available, the more money the universities could charge. It's free money, you expect to pay more.
     
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    Ask yourself this....

    Who has ensconced themselves in the seats of power and control in academe and what is their track record of delivering a quality product at a reasonable price, or even controlling the costs of anything, in a competitive free market environment?
     
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    It's a scam.

    A National Recommended Reading List for K through 12 would probably cut down the need for college by 75%.

    Thinking as a Science (1916) by Henry Hazlitt
    Henry Hazlitt - Thinking as a Science
    http://librivox.org/thinking-as-a-science-by-henry-hazlitt/

    Omnilingual (Feb 1957) by H. Beam Piper
    Scientific Language: H. Beam Piper
    Omnilingual - Henry Beam Piper | Feedbooks
    http://librivox.org/omnilingual-by-h-beam-piper/

    Badge of Infamy (Jun 1957) by Lester del Rey
    http://librivox.org/badge-of-infamy-by-lester-del-rey/
    Badge of Infamy by Lester Del Rey - Books Should Be Free

    1957 was the year of Sputnik, but it was launched in October. Both of these stories were published before the Sputnik launch. It was not until 1958 that the van Allen belts were discovered and 1965 that a probe sent to Mars discovered that the planet had no magnetic field and only one percent of Earth's atmospheric pressure. So this information changed our thinking about the chances of life developing on the planet and Mars stories from before 1965 would most likely have significant inaccuracies. But these are both decent and interesting stories nonetheless.

    psik
     
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    Yes, you will, just not as much. The cost of education today if far beyond the point where one can work their way through with no loans. I went to school while working full time with a job where I made okay money and I still needed loans.
     
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    Education is free up to the 12th grade. Property owners pay for it. The Military is hiring and all you lazy libs have to do is give two or three years to the government and you get free college.
     

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