«"We've given the youngest members of society permission to get into debt to get an education... it's no longer a sign of inadequacy."»
-- Young people 'boast about their debts'
«The Barclays graduate debt survey last year estimated that most students would graduate owing £10,000. The NUS estimates £12,000.
The Department for Education and Skills condemned the NUS claims as "irresponsible and untrue".
A spokesman [irrelevently!] said: "Graduates can expect to earn on average 35% more in earnings than the national average - an extra £400,000 over a lifetime. Thankfully, most students have not been deterred by such scaremongering."»
-- "Students 'would be better off on [unemployment] benefit'"
I love how the "lifetime earnings" argument always comes up when one is defending governments making people pay for their university schooling.
is that one could clearly extend this argument to all of schooling:
"Why should we taxpayers bother to pay for elementary schools at all?
Studies show that if you don't go to elementary school, you'll make a
bazillion dollars less in your lifetime earnings! So it only makes good
financial sense for you to borrow yourself senseless!"
Yow! Do I live in the third world yet?