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Monday, May 4, 2009

Not all college education is created equal

Our politicians keep pouring more money into college education via grants, subsidized loans, and tax deduction subsidies for donations to colleges.

But look no further than Saudia Arabia to demonstrate the fallacy of “any college education is money well spent.”

According to Wikipedia:

“Today, Saudi Arabia's nationwide public educational system comprises twenty universities, more than 24,000 schools, and a large number of colleges and other educational and training institutions. The system provides students with free education, books and health services and is open to every Saudi. Over 25 percent of the annual State budget is for education including vocational training.“

“The study of Islam remains at the core of the Saudi educational system. The Islamic aspect of the Saudi national curriculum is examined in a 2006 report by Freedom House. The report found that in religious education classes (in any religious school), children are taught to deprecate other religions, in addition to other branches of Islam.”

Try to convince me that this college education is any less relevant than “Sexual Studies” or “Medieval German” at US institutions. At least our universities tend to discount classes centered around hate.

College can be of value but it makes a difference what is studied and society really only benefits when the education leads to job creation and economic growth.

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