Quote: Originally Posted by IdRatherBeSkiing
If you don't pay for your education, the stuff that counts, you don't appreciate it. Ever wonder why a high school degree is worth **** now? It's because they are rubber stamped to whoever doesn't quit. If post-secondary is free, the same lack of standards will apply and the degree will be just as useless.
That's arguable. I know plenty of people whose education was paid for entirely by their parents. It's disingenuous to say they don't appreciate both what they received and the fact that they didn't pay for it. It's not clear at all that free education means standards will slide. Norway has free university, even for foreigners who go to study there. Norway is highly competitive with research in many fields, mine for example. Germany, also very cheap, little to no tuition. Germany is one of the best international performers in science and R&D.
This notion that education quality and outcomes are a function of personal costs is dubious.
What about someone like myself? My employer will pay for my education. I can get a Masters degree, paid for entirely by the corporation I work for. Do you think this means I will appreciate it less than if I paid for it myself? Hardly. Though it does mean I can stress out more over timelines than about my finances.