Giving them a voice


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2 thoughts on “Giving them a voice

  1. The male student's position, free tuition, makes a lot of sense as a negotiating position. The govt wants what? A 300% increase? If the students' position is "no increase" the obvious compromise is some kind of increase between 0 and 300%.

    But "free tuition," although it sounds extreme, is really no more extreme than a 300% tuition increase. So the students are countering the government's extreme position, with an extreme position of their own. A negotiated "compromise" that sounds fair will then be no increase, or a very small one.

    The girl in the video has, unfortunately, swallowed the government's position that massive spending cuts are required (that is, if students don't cut back, others in society will have to carry the burden, the full weight, of cut-backs). This assumes that cut-backs are the best way to solve the country's economic problems. Yet some leading economists say spending cuts will only make the people suffer and do nothing for the economy.

    So whether or not education should be free, demanding free education can be viewed as an appropriately extreme counter to the extremist position of the government — an extremism not itself grounded on sound economic principles.

  2. I see what you're saying, but I don't get the feeling that the call for free education is intended to be extreme for the sake of a compromise being reached. I haven't heard one student say he or she would be keen for there to be some kind of negotiation whereby fees would still increase.

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