National Post View: Helping students, without burdening everyone else

Editorial, National Post, Aug 08, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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"There’s little doubt," write the editors of the National Post, "that students with some skin in the game — i.e., some financial stake in their own education — will be more apt to ensure they stay the course and complete their degrees." But where is the evidence for this? Is the higher education system failing in countries like Germany or Sweden, where tuitions are free? No. And against the 'skin in the game' argument is the documented evidence that tuition fees "discourage young people who do not have a traditional academic family background from taking up study." And, of course, they leave a significant burden of debt tor years or decades after graduation. The National Post editorial is a classic case of favouring ideology over evidence.

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