Poll: 'Free' education?
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View poll results: 'Free' education?
My country has free education and I want it.
143 48%
My country has free education and I don't want it.
7 2%
My country doesn't have free education and I want it.
125 42%
My country doesn't have free education and I don't want it.
12 4%
I don't know.
11 4%
Voters: 298.
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#1
Up to college/uni/other higher education or so. Of course it's not 'free' as it's being paid for through taxes and other.

Would you like free education in your country, or wouldn't you? Why?

In Sweden we have free education and I think it's great. I'm very happy about not having to pay fees for uni. I probably couldn't afford it.

Some programs here cost money, but they're very specific and you might get some sort of bursary/scholarship for it. You can get a studentloan too up to about £650/month.
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#2
We have it. It's awesome, I'd be screwed without it.
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#3
I would love free education even if it means paying higher taxes. I'm paying out the ass to go to Ohio State.
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#5
We have it here, and I'm rather glad because I'm poor.
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we have free education and I think it's great. I'm very happy about not having to pay fees for uni. I probably couldn't afford it.

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#7
I have free education. I live in Dewsbury, England. And it's pretty shite to be frank. So far I've learnt to hide away under a bed for two weeks and keep my mouth shut.
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#8
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Is it possible to dislike it?

I've met people who dislike the idea. I'm not going to list the reasons right now, I want to see what people have to say first.
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#9
Quote by kalnoky7
Is it possible to dislike it?

Well eye 4 1 did well withot fre educztion

But seriously though free eduction is great
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#10
My country has it. The only downside is that now, there are too many mechanical engineers, so getting a suitable job is difficult.
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#11
Yeah.. America pretty much sucks....
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#12
We sort of have it, I forget what the precise arrangements are.
When I started uni(11 years ago, god I feel old), it was certainly free. There were plans to introduce tuition fees(about £1000/year, IIRC), but since at the time my brother, sister and me would all have been undergrads simultaneously, we'd have got it free anyway.

The only real down side to (excluding overseas students, anyway) fully state-funded tertiary education is that it can result in a funding gap between them and institutions which can charge what they like. Which is a problem especially for engineering and science faculties.
#13
It's not "free" here in Canada, but there's plenty of student loans, bursaries and scholarships available to reduce or totally eliminate the costs. I'm getting $12,000 from the province for my year of school, which covers all of my school and living expenses for the whole year.
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My country has it. The only downside is that now, there are too many mechanical engineers, so getting a suitable job is difficult.

You need at least 459 mechanical engineers to change a light bulb, it's understandable.
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#16
Quote by Kensai
I've met people who dislike the idea. I'm not going to list the reasons right now, I want to see what people have to say first.

Well, we have it over here.

It doesn't quite live up to private teaching until you get to uni. Public universities are usually better than private ones (and a whole lot harder to get in)

I think it's great btw

edit: oh and it's not completely free but affordable and there are loans that easily cover it
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#17
We don't have it, but the majority of my school is going to be free if I stay in the state for it. I'm in a program called Twenty-First Century scholars and they pay your all of your tuition if you qualify. I'll most ikely be getting financial aid as well because my father passed away when I was young. If all else fails, I guess I'll take out a few loans.

But yeah, that'd be awesome if the US got it, but that seems unrealistic.
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You need at least 459 mechanical engineers to change a light bulb, it's understandable.


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#20
I want to go to school and get a real degree, but the fact is that in the States you have two options:

-Have rich parents that pay for it.
-Go hopelessly into debt the rest of your life.
#22
I for one think it would be a great idea, but it would be taken advantage of way to easily.
I think there should be requirements in order to be applicable for free education, but what the hell do I know, I'm still in high school
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#23
Too much pressure on the taxpayers IMO. Its nice for students but people are already having enough trouble as it is supporting themselves.
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#24
On one hand I agree that education at all levels should be available for free. If an individual wants to learn something, he/she should have the option of doing so and not worrying about basic necessities.

On the other hand, education is the equalizer. If everyone is equal, there would be intense competition for jobs (as there is right now, as educational standards have increased and a bachelor's degree has now become the expected level of education, as a high school degree was in the past).

So I guess a good compromise would be to offer education through the undergraduate level for free, and start charging after that.
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#25
I wish the US had it because the costs are going to destroy me
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#26
I'm not necessarily for it; but I'm absolutely for the lowering of tuition from it's extreme prices in the United States.

Considering the status of loans in today's economy, only the upper middle class and upper class can afford to get a higher education. This is obviously a problem that seems to be overlooked.
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#27
ALL education should be free, especially college. But I think in order to get it for free you have to have a certain gpa. Under one you have to start paying, and if it's so low then you get kicked out.
#28
I might just as well list the reasons why people don't want free education:

- Higher taxes
- No 'free rides' for people
- They believe it's poorer than education you pay for
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#29
We used to have it when I was at Uni and it is a tragedy of epic proportions that it has been taken away. We had a right wing government in for WAY too long.
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#30
if my country had free education then i would have been all over it. but being poor i didnt think it was prudent to go into huge debt before i was twenty to study something i wasnt sure i would be interested in in a few years.
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#31
I'm a little split on this one.
I'd like free higher education since the end cost is WAY to high.
However, I don't mind if we still have to pay for it, since it keeps university standards high, and keeps people who don't deserve to be in good universities out.
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#32
I live in Texas and to get into a DECENT college it's 30k a year, minus housing and books. I'm ****ed.
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#34
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I wish we had it, but the UK's going in a very different direction.
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#35
All levels of education in Argentina are "free". It's cool not having to worry about paying university fees. Those figures I heard on the US are ridiculous.
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#36
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I'm a little split on this one.
I'd like free higher education since the end cost is WAY to high.
However, I don't mind if we still have to pay for it, since it keeps university standards high, and keeps people who don't deserve to be in good universities out.

Sorry man, I call bollocks on this one. When we had free tertiary education, University entry was based wholly on the score you achieved in high school. We got the BEST students, not the RICHEST students. You've got it arse backwards.
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#37
Here in Malta, education is not only free - we're PAID a monthly stipend of 84 euros to receive post-secondary education. We're a small economy with no natural resources so the government invests heavily on health (which is also free) and education to make the best of human resources.
#38
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I live in Texas and to get into a DECENT college it's 30k a year, minus housing and books. I'm ****ed.

That's ridiculous, over here university's are capped at about £3,200 a year, then most charge about £3,000 for accomodation a year, and you can get loans and grants for pretty much all of it.
#39
Not as good as my private education.

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