If lack of funding is not the only barrier to education, then funding is not the only solution

On the one hand, many young people will be deterred by the financial burden of attending university.  On the other hand, employers have little faith in cost free informal learning or it’s ability to prepare young people to work in the market place. Add this to problems accessing services, understanding how to negotiate for change, stereotyping, etc., and we paint a very bleak picture for the future.   We need to use the techniques for engaging with young people that work. And then we need to provide spaces for them to develop their learning far enough to create their own employment and other opportunities.

think, before you think about thinking…

Quite possibly, it is not the job of our representatives to guide and protect our youth. Grants for councils to deliver social education out of school have been vastly reduced. Someone else will have to reclaim the responsibility for educating our young population. Schools are looking like the easiest solution, but free education will only stretch so far. Young people will need to think twice before they can even consider swanning about on a university campus expounding on ideals and pushing the boundaries of scholarship for scholarships sake.  They will need to be more responsible about the decisions they make with regard to furthering their academic experiences.  In other words, they will need to weigh the economic value of their future prospects as against their academic intent.