Is it realistic to expect today's kid...

Is it realistic to expect today's kids to put themselves through college?

There are 2 comments on the The Kalamazoo Gazette story from Dec 4, 2011, titled Is it realistic to expect today's kids to put themselves through college?. In it, The Kalamazoo Gazette reports that:

Saturday, I posted a column that was basically a rant against critics of helping moderate- and low-income students with college costs .

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United States

#1 Dec 5, 2011
Every qualified California student should get a place in University of California(UC) system. That's a desirable goal for a public university. However, UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau displaces Californians qualified for education at Cal. with $50,600 tuition Foreigners.
Paying more is not a better education. UC tuition increases exceed the national average rate of increase. The UC Board Of Regents jeopardizes Californians attending higher education by making UC the most expensive public university.
Self-serving tuition increases are used by UC President Mark Yudof to increase the pay of 80,000 eligible faculty & others. Payoffs like these point to higher operating costs and still higher tuition for Californians. Instate tuition consumes 14% of Cal. Median Family Income! UC is hijacking our kidsí futures: student debt.
I agree that faculty in higher education and senior management, like Yudof and Birgeneau, should consider the students' welfare & put it high on their values. Deeds unfortunately do not bear out the students' welfare values of UC Berkeley Birgeneauís senior management and the UC Board of Regents.
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Banstead, UK

#2 Dec 5, 2011
In the UK the government set a target of 50% going to university education into their 20's which is just a crazy and unsustainable target. Half the population do not need to go to university. A lot that currently do so are simply not up to the task. The exam system to age 16 has become so debased that it means next to nothing anymore even to get A+. People I know in the age range 18 to 25 have a basic lacking in some very basic fundamentals of everyday knowledge and common sense yet can wave a set of grade A's in front of you in subjects that they in reality know little about. It does not make sense. People who never went near higher education from a few years ago seem more educated to me.

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