I used to laugh at students who bitch about college debt. You saw how much it costs when you signed up. What are you complaining about? The riots in Quebec were over a tuition hike that came to a few hundred bucks.
However, if the riots in Quebec were more about the overall decay of higher education, I get what they’re saying. For every generation before them “college education” meant “bright future.” It was affordable and effective. If you worked hard you’d graduate with a diploma you could use. Today, you leave with a debt you can’t handle and a degree that is totally useless. That wasn’t the deal. Students today are worse off after higher education than they were before. That’s like going to an expensive restaurant and leaving with food poisoning. You knew there was going to be a bill, you just figured it would be worth it. Even though old liberals are responsible for this mess, young liberals are right to be furious. Conservative pundit Bill Whittle puts it beautifully here…
I honestly don’t see why anyone would go to university anymore if they aren’t taking math and science. How are you better off than someone who interned for four years accruing a tenth of the debt? Anyway, I forgot to include all this when I wrote my “10 THINGS THE LEFT GETS RIGHT” for my Taki column on Friday. Please check it out.