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Gaston Cantens

I suspect the real issue is that colleges are generally left-wing institutions and Posner is right-wing.

Gaston Cantens

the best way to reduce debt is a separate question, but probably an academic one; the pattern of revenue enhancement and cost reduction that a state embraces depends on the political balance in the state, rather than on what is efficient or otherwise in the public interest. Also, how about majors that really do not contribute to societal goals or the future financial and economic security of the students who major in them.

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College-educated persons (especially college graduates) have significantly higher incomes than the non-college-educated population,as they are educated they have lots of knowledge...So it's quiet obvious..

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Well attending college is attractive to anyone who has sufficient intelligence and discipline to benefit from it, and he or she can borrow to finance tuition and living expenses...

Pepe Fanjul

Do these requirements really create better students or future employees, or rather create an artificial demand for less desired and needed classes and majors. Also, shouldn't universities be challenged to engage in cost effective means of distributing education through the Internet.

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The amount of the external benefits cannot actually be measured, however, because the decision to attend college is not random; generally, it is the intellectually abler who attend college, and their higher incomes are the combined result of their personal characteristics and the increased skills that college imparts to them.


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Charging low tuition to everyone, as public colleges do for residents of the state in which the college or university is located), does not make economic sense; it merely as I said provides windfalls to families willing and able to pay the full tuition. As Becker points out, this results in regressive redistribution of income, because families that can pay full tuition are wealthier than the average taxpayer, who pays for the costs of public colleges that tuition doesn’t cover".


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I suggest we do better as a country to extend the birthright to advanced education and not expect the parents to pay directly. Let us recognize we are all the "parents" and spread the cost, much as we do with children's education.

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The private sector does not support the longterm development of such experts. Having experts provides enormous benefits to the society at large. Academic tenure is one of the most positive innovations of our society.

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Sylvester and the Magic Pebble has some very adult themes and could be really touching.

Hm- I'll have to think some more- there's a book I want to read called Everything I Need to

Know I Learned From a Children's Book. It's a collection of essays from public figures on

what they learned reading as a kid. Sounds pretty great.

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I really like your take on this. At my daughter's college the mood was celebratory. She

told me she questioned it, but at the same time understood it.
"Sometimes you don’t realize how you feel until you don’t feel that way any more.

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Very insightful. How long ago 10 years seems in terms of what you can shield kids from

In these days of 24 hour news and twitter and blogs, not to mention the Daily Show, that

salvation of the online generation who will never read a newspaper, there is no possibility

of shielding kids from major news.

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Parents might even be forced to discuss issues with their kids. The celebrations in

the street reminded me of the celebrations in various Arab countries--I specifically

remember Palestine--where 9/11 was celebrated.

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In Massachusetts, it seems like the most reliable route to adoption is

fostering first. It's certainly true for would-be adoptive parents who are

not what the state considers ideal. Did Meridian's foster parents foster

her with the hopes of one day adopting her?

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There are two problems leap out, one is that of unserious kids partying for several years and the other is the problem of containing costs when "no one cares what they are" but it would seem those can be handled much as we handled K-12 budgets.

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I think the Race Between Education and Technology by Caludia Goldin and Lawrence Katz has been often cited for this explanation.

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A major problem is find that is Posner makes the very significant assertion, in my view unsubstantiated, that the high tuition rates do not actually cover costs.

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I think we have a shortage of highly educated people.It is not the time to discourage people from a higher education but to motivate lower people for education get a higher skills,they need for all of us to prosper.

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