[iDC] The Aims of Education
philipp at p2pu.org
Thu Sep 8 18:42:12 UTC 2011
On 8 September 2011 13:50, Ken Wark <warkk at newschool.edu> wrote:
> Anya: I'd want to be a bit more cautious about cost-of-education arguments.
> Firstly, pricing in American higher ed is all about discounts. The gap between sticker price and discount has been getting wider, so sticker price isn't all that helpful as a measure.
> In the second place, the price of higher ed is actually pretty constant compared to other things that use secure 1st world labor. It got more expensive relative to things that became much, much cheaper because of lower labor costs and or substitution of tech for labor power.
> In the third place, it is mostly still a good long term investment. Things like culinary school are in some cases not a good investment, but for most degrees most of the time, it pays off.
Could you share some reliable data supporting the second and third claim?
Most people argue the opposite -> price rising much faster than other
goods/services, and long term benefits at best questionable.
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