Back to Basics

“Have we over-invested in third level education in Ireland? I’m beginning to think so, and the recession might be a good time to rethink our educational priorities as a nation. The debate about third level fees masks the real debate, namely: is paying for so many young people to go on to third level (and fourth level), as currently structured, the most effective use of their time and our money? Arguably not. After all, the intention behind taxpayer funding of an educational system is to meet the nation’s ongoing needs for suitably educated adults and workers. Achieving that outcome doesn’t necessarily require the education system that we currently have; let alone the disproportionate share of taxpayer funding versus private funding or self-funding. But the issue goes much further …” (more)

[Turbulence Ahead, 22 February]

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