(photo credit Dominic Lipinski/PA)
By now, you know that at least 25,000 students protested an onerous hike in British university fees today. The Coalition government is proposing to increase tuition at British universities to about £9,000/year (or about $14,500/year).
I know that number doesn’t seem too onerous here in the U.S. – but, as in most things, it’s the United States that’s wildly out of sync. When I mention to foreign friends that American law school students can expect to graduate with around $250,000 (yes, a quarter of a million) of student loan debt, the universal response is revulsion. They’re used to comprehensive state subsidies for higher education.
Here’s the thing: any cogent arguments that were made at today’s demonstrations are essentially obliterated by the picture above. And that’s a damned shame.