Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Recently a U.S. presidential candidate announced a proposal to pay off all student debts. What surprised me was not the announcement so much but the wave of teachers and professors denouncing the idea. There is this myth, you see - and it is a myth - that people won't value something if it's free. Really? The next time you breathe, tell yourself that. The next time you make a friend, tell yourself that. The next time you fall in love, tell yourself that. The next time you wank down an open road, tell yourself that. Tell yourself that you value none of these things because they're free. See, here's the thing about this sort of argument - they're always about other people. Of course, I would have valued my education no matter what, but other people, they're of lesser moral character (insert apocryphal example here) and they would abuse it. Bah.

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Stephen Downes Stephen Downes, Casselman, Canada
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