If you walk in the streets of anywhere Europe, virtually all agree with this, because IT WORKS. And when I say it works, I mean that the system yields a balanced output, which indicates that many young people in Europe actually undertake tertiary education, they get a job and live a decent life. Most of them don’t get rich, but it’s okay, they love their status. This is one of the reasons wealth disparities in Europe and those in the US bear no comparison. And you don’t really need statistics to confirm it, it is enough to land in Newark and take a train ride to Penn Station…and look out the window.
I think the degree of poverty some people in the US face is not comparable to anything you see in any of the third world countries that American politicians like to invoke. I have travelled to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Peru, Ecuador and things there are on the sunny side as compared to some Las Vegas districts or what happens just outside of Chicago’s city center.
The question is how are you going to get this people out of poverty if you don’t give them a chance to education? Would you pay less and live among potential criminals, or pay slightly more and live in a peaceful society? Why do we even debate this?
As the political events unwind, I am afraid these are the last days this topic might be brought up in mainstream televised debates. As we part with decency and normality, we can only hope the education issue will rekindle in the near future.