Politics Of Education

I am of the generation which lived through the Depression of the 1930s. In New York City there were four FREE COLLEGES which enabled those in poverty to secure a college education. Most large cities in America also had at least one free college. Today, in America and in England those who are in the upper classes want to make certain their children receive a good college education. Prime Minister David Cameron had pledged to support the efforts of youth to obtain a college education. Now, that he is in power, Cameron has spelled out what constitutes a good college education. He announced that college tuition will triple in the coming year and over a hundred thousand students who qualify to attend a college will not be able to secure a place because cuts in funding will reduce the number of students who will get a seat in a college classroom. Ed Miliband, head of the Labor Party, put it bluntly when describing raising tuition: “it will cut taxpayers more, it will cut students more, and it will cost thousands of young people their university place.”

Of course, it will be impossible to raise tax rates because that would mean those who control the purse strings of a society might actually have to pay more money. The Conservative philosophy argues paying more in taxes reduces the desire of wealthy folk to stimulate the economy. Actually, they are interested in stimulating opportunities for their children to secure good places in the good universities.