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    Is it fair to be saddling the next generation with a 40% cut in the university teaching budget and a 25% cut in the further education budget, when they had nothing to do with the financial crisis that this country has gotten itself in?

    I'm one of the lucky ones who will graduate just before these changes come into effect, but those who will come after me are being unfairly punished with massively increased personal debts and funding cuts.

    Is that really "fair", as the coalition you are a part of keeps saying?
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    I believe that my generation - the baby boomers - do have an obligation to the generation coming after. I believe that we can put our univerisities on a stronger footing and give students more financial power so we end up with a better system than now. And if the Government just borrows the money the burden still falls on future generations but without any of the benefits from the reforms we want.
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    Life and politics is not a static environment, it is constantly changing and factors such as the economy change with it. Labour has produced a country of entitlement, we need to give the people who produce results a chance, and not hammer them down. Poorer students will not shoulder as much debt as the middle, thereby making it progressive...
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    (Original post by David Willetts)
    I believe that my generation - the baby boomers - do have an obligation to the generation coming after. I believe that we can put our univerisities on a stronger footing and give students more financial power so we end up with a better system than now. And if the Government just borrows the money the burden still falls on future generations but without any of the benefits from the reforms we want.
    How will the universities be put on a stronger footing? The extra fees will simply be filling the hole in funding.
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    Oh, be happy that you're not living in Ireland. Think of the debt WE have to pay.
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    Not only are the cuts ridiculous, but they're completely changing the primary education system as well. My mum is a primary teacher, and came back from a course the other day, and said that the new changes that are being made are shocking. They're going back to the "work through your workbook" method (something which I had to go though myself...). The next generation unfortunately are going to have a rough time and its completely unfair.
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    (Original post by David Willetts)
    I believe that my generation - the baby boomers - do have an obligation to the generation coming after. I believe that we can put our univerisities on a stronger footing and give students more financial power so we end up with a better system than now. And if the Government just borrows the money the burden still falls on future generations but without any of the benefits from the reforms we want.
    Your generation have an obligation? Yeah right. You're basically removing most of the obligation on your generation and any other current generation of tax payers from funding university education. Get your free education paid for by those now retired and make those still to come pay for it themselves. Your self-serving your own generation to make sure you got your degrees for free and no longer have to return the favour and support others through theirs. That's awful and dishonest that you'd try and say otherwise.
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    Should future generations pay for the education of the present generation? This is even less fair in my view.
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    Let's be honest, as much as it may seem philosophically and ethically un-ideal, giving the universities this much money more will make them better - they're the leading academic institutions in our country, and we want to them be the best we can. And frankly, plans to put more money into science makes more sense. - In no way am I saying arts are inferior, I assure you, I've just applied for an arts course! But sciences need money for actual hard research for future developments more than the arts do. The more vocational universities are not being promoted as inferior either - Britain was built on the manufacturing industry! - it's just, if financial divides emerge between the academic and vocational universities (remembering the financial focus will be on scientific, utilitarian progression), then that can only be a good thing! This is where the money needs to be!
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    (Original post by Student2806)
    Is it fair to be saddling the next generation with a 40% cut in the university teaching budget and a 25% cut in the further education budget, when they had nothing to do with the financial crisis that this country has gotten itself in?

    I'm one of the lucky ones who will graduate just before these changes come into effect, but those who will come after me are being unfairly punished with massively increased personal debts and funding cuts.

    Is that really "fair", as the coalition you are a part of keeps saying?
    Our generation will be punished because of the what the Labour government did and the unsustainable lifestyles people were having.
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    (Original post by Ideot)
    Oh, be happy that you're not living in Ireland. Think of the debt WE have to pay.
    Free cheese is always a nice start to the day though.
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    (Original post by Xhotas)
    Free cheese is always a nice start to the day though.
    Oh stop
    What about people who are cheese intolerant ehh?
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    (Original post by Ideot)
    Oh stop
    What about people who are cheese intolerant ehh?
    Not such a nice start to the day then.
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    (Original post by Student2806)
    Is it fair to be saddling the next generation with a 40% cut in the university teaching budget and a 25% cut in the further education budget, when they had nothing to do with the financial crisis that this country has gotten itself in?

    I'm one of the lucky ones who will graduate just before these changes come into effect, but those who will come after me are being unfairly punished with massively increased personal debts and funding cuts.

    Is that really "fair", as the coalition you are a part of keeps saying?
    So what should we do? Pass a hate around everyone around now can donate towards the deficit?
 
 
 
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