Volume 90, Issue 62

Wednesday, January 15, 1997



Modest proposal for education reform

Re: Post-secondary spending

To the Editor:

The Canadian government has toyed with the idea of making further reforms to post-secondary funding. Students should be made to pay their fair share; university and college students alike should not be given a free ride; we should eliminate education subsidies outright.

People say that students should be subsidized because they will eventually be principle contributors to the nation's economy. This is no excuse. Students should be made to pay their own way immediately. How can they be expected to do this? Many students spend inordinate amounts of money living away from home in order to gain independence when they could just as easily set up shanty towns on unused grassy areas. This would give students the independence they yearn for while orienting them to the difficulties of life.

It has been argued that even if students stay at home they will be unable to afford the costs of attending university. This is ridiculous. There are innumerable ways for students to make money. Even if they are unable to attain conventional employment, there are alternatives. There is a growing market across the globe for human organs. Students could stabilize their finances by selling just one of their organs.

Furthermore, some critics point out the fact the rich would have preferential treatment in education. This is advantageous as the rich come form a lineage with a proven success rate in the economy. These are the only students who should be sent to school in the first place. Limiting education to the rich reduces the amount of wasted money. Poorer individuals can sink into frivolous attempts to match the knowledge of privileged students. It also lessens class sizes significantly, raising both our quality of education and our level of global competition. It follows from this that we should abolish publicly-funded education altogether. Lower-class individuals have a lesser chance, percentage-wise, of achieving as much as well off students. Taking poorer individuals straight to factories, farms and other places in need of manual labour eliminates the painful disillusionment that would await them when they realize it is futile to compete with rich students.

This plan follows on the coattails of the federal government's recent cuts to education. It would achieve its goals most effectively. Any omission of an aforementioned solution is just a blanket thrown over the true ideology which fuels the slashing of post-secondary funding.

Steven Polak
Social Science I

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