ted regnier

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College Education cost should be caped, because some of the tuitions nowadays are crazy.

College education cost should be caped, because some of the tuitions nowadays are crazy. SOME SCHOOLS ACTUALLY ARE JUST USING MONEY THATS COLLECTED FROM THE GOVERNMENT TO ADVERTISE AND ALSO BUY PROPERTY NOT ONLY TO EXPAND AND GET MORE PEOPLE LEARNING AT A ADQUIT PRICES > FOR EXAMPLE 600 DOLLARS A CREDIT . OUTRAGIOUS . PLEASE HELP OUR COUNTRY GET STRONGER BY AFFORDABLE EDUCATION . U BELIEVE UNITED STATES COULD BECOME THE MECCA OF EDUCATION IF WE DO IT RIGHT. ITS LIKE A 99 CENT STORE . MORE BUSINESS FOR LESS WOULD MAKE THIS NATION SMARTER AND STRONGER.
THE GOVERNMENT MONEY SHOULD BE USED FOR GETTING THE EQUIPMENT AND BOOKS FOR THE SCHOOLS AND AT LESS PRINT OUT THE MATERIALS FROM COPY MACHINES AND SELL THE COPIED TEXT BOOKS CHEAPER AN ALSO SET DECENT PRICES FOR CREDITS. SOME COUSRE ARE 3 TO 2 CREDIT COURSES. AT 600 DOLLARS A CREDIT , I COULD BUY A CAR.

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    Dec 19 2011: Don't you see government subsidies are the cause of inefficiency in education? How about you let people decide how they spend the money they earn, instead of supporting legalized theft by an institution that has neither the ability nor the incentive to solve any problem?
  • Nov 24 2011: My the way, i find the all caps notation very distracting visually and difficult to read because I keep imagining somebody shouting the information.

    I totally agree. Why does education have to cost so much anyways?
    education doesn't even have to cost anything.
    I refer to this video:
    http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/bunker_roy.html

    I believe that instead of worrying about how much money is being used to fund the educational system, we should instead focus upon the individual structure of the educational system, and the way the schools teach.

    The focus of education should not solely be to get a higher income.

    Nowadays you could learn just as much about certain stuff from online lectures and content.
    The reason we go to school(other than to get a certificate) is because of the academic environment, and people.
    That shouldn't cost very much, if anything at all. I totally agree that the majority of the money should be allocated to giving students the materials and resources necessary for learning.
  • Nov 22 2011: Schools are using money to advertise and to expand by buying more property? So? More capacity and more competition will drive the cost per person DOWN. Rather than the government mandating school tuition, why not provide subsidies and grants to those who need them?
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    Nov 22 2011: Simple solution:

    Stop selling college as the solution to all of life's problems.

    Encourage creativity and entrepreneurship.

    Encourage businesses and people to grow.

    I want my doctor to go to med school but I could care less if the guy who programmed my favorite iPhone game went to Stanford or just coded it in his mom's basement.
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    Nov 22 2011: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_in_Belgium#Higher_education
    => In Belgium, education is quite inexpensive (compared to anglo-saxon models)

    (though I suggest you don't use capitals like that...)
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      Nov 22 2011: Christopher, I would be interested in how the educational system functions in Belgium. Do you know of a good reference book? As the questioner says education here in the US is very expensive. I think the problem or at least part of it is that higher education has useless degrees and we flood the market with people trained to do nothing productive. We expect university educators to publish or perish and we allow them to call themselves teachers but they have assistants that do the job. Research is done not in the field but in the library many times and papers and books spend more time quoting others than talking about field research. Maybe Belgium has a model we could copy.
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        Nov 23 2011: Basicly: we have one of the highest tax rates in the world to support a lot of socialist measures: cheap education, health care and unemployment support.

        I think higher education has a benefit sui generis... education is a form of personal development...
        (I studied because of interest, not because of job opportunities, and still glad I did)

        As for reference books: no idea, but google reaveals some good links (Belgian education books)
        As for the publish or perish: a sad habit, and I guess "open data & research no" is the adagium to aim for
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          Nov 23 2011: Would be interested to find out what kind of work ethic the average person has in Belgium. If they can live off of the government for free then why work? Do you happen to know the percentage of the total population living off of the government? I study constantly because of interest in subjects but I do it on my own money not off of the government. The internet with some common sense filtering can provide a great education of interest. I see no reason today that anyone needs to attend a college beyond the preparation for a career. Anything else you want to learn can be found on the internet and in books. Companies should sponsor research should they not since they are the beneficiary of the research ?
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        Nov 23 2011: There is a difference in learning through tuition and learning on your own... And dedicating years of study is a good thing to do, even if you don't do anything with it afterwards (though I can't say I don't use my knowledge... It has become part of who I am).
        Learning is an essential part of life, so the more means there are, the better.

        As for your questions: internet and books have those answers ;-)
        We have problems concerning the 'unemployment trap', though the benefits of giving everybody (shoud be everybody, not unemployed people alone) money is that the number of beggars stay low (leading to less crime, more general happiness,... http://www.ted.com/talks/richard_wilkinson.html)
        However, minimum wage is not something everybody likes to settle with.
        Most people who work, work quite hard, and our work ethics are good.
        People living of the government: must be over 50% if you take teachers and civil servants and government related companies into account.
        Should companies pay for research: they do, but research should also be partly independent of companies, as a lot of research has no direct known benefits (though they do eventually lead to applications).
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          Nov 23 2011: Thanks for the insights and sharing from the heart. I agree with a lot you have said. Now I just need to figure out how to make it happen here in my own school where I teach. I wish the best to you and your country. I wonder if minimum wage could be a way to ignite people who want to make more to develop micro-businesses and become business creators of their own?