I'll be the first to admit I'm usually far too obsessed with myself to ever talk about anything as relevant as current events. However, I'm going to be talking about current events today. Let's hope to goodness this is a sign of my impending maturity.
Right so. There is this editorial in yesterday's Globe & Mail which talks about the Quebec students who are protesting a $325-per-year-for-five-years tuition increase, the final result of which will be a $3793 per year price tag by 2016-17. And what does the Globe say about this in its editorial? Essentially the educational equivalent of "eat your veggies 'cause kids are starving in the third world."
No really! They're like, "dudes, do you even know how little you pay for your dang university education compared to what those poor souls pay in Chile?! Those guys really have something to complain about! They're hard done by! They have it bad! You don't pay 98% of your entire family's income for education like they do, nor do you have to walk uphill to school both ways! Stop whining! Stop protesting! If you don't like your moderately-priced education, they should get it, not you!"
Now I'm not saying they don't have it a lot worse than Canada does in Chile, but you know what? Nobody ever said it was awesome in Chile. Nobody ever said Chile has the absolute best quality of life in the world. Nobody ever said that if you want your children to have all the great things that you didn't, you should take them to live in Chile.
But people do say those things about Canada, and I agree with those people. So let's try to keep Canada awesome, shall we? Also, everyone over the age of five knows that it won't help the starving people for you to force yourself to eat when you're full. Similarly, it won't reduce the price of tuition in Chile for you to pay more tuition in Canada. So I don't really know what point the Globe was trying to make, besides put up and shut up, you stupid, stupid Quebeckers. Which I believe is a POV shared by much of English Canada, but we all pay way too much in tuition too, don'tcha know. It's a lot more than an average graduate could easily make back in a few years, even if he's doing something "better" than delivering pizzas and has some kind of a quasi-professional gig which involves meetings and a desk and a pension and everything. Which means it's too much.
As long as I'm a really mature current events expert now, I'd like to make a completely unrelated point. I've been noticing that all the highly knowledgable Globe reader comments, on both this editorial and others like it, have been saying things like "Europe is so great! They subsidize education there because people only study really really ridiculously useful things, and nobody ever studies history or sociology!"
To which I say, contrary to what you may have read/thought/seen on TV, people in Europe actually are just as fat-assed as us, and they actually do like to eat at McDonald's, and they don't speak four or five languages fluently, and they're by and large not chicer than us, and really, every positive stereotypical thing you've ever heard about them is not even remotely accurate. Also, if they're not actually from Paris, there is literally no greater chance of them having visited than someone from the Yukon. It's true. I'm not lying.
I would also not be lying if I said everyone should study both history and sociology, including people in Europe. A society that started two world wars only needs so many engineers, really.