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    • Michael Davison
    • 25.12.11 | 13:21 (IST)

    Yes, I suppose it is--if you don't want to get your hands dirty. Aside from the fact that there aren't enough seats in the state universities to accomodate this demand for a free BA, not everyone is suited to a university education, just as not all Haredi "Yeshiva students" are suited to become "Torah scholars". Over the years, more and more Israelis have turned away from the blue-collar jobs, many of which pay well, because they feel it's beneath their "dignity"--they all want to be "akademayim". What ever happened to the ethic of learning what you could afford to learn and upgrade as you could? I started out as a blue-collar worker in a foundry, took a QC course, worked as a QC inspector while studying evenings to become an industrial engineering technician, then a practical engineer, then a full-blown B.Sc. through a learn-at-a-distance faculty of a US university... and paid my way through every stage, including a business management course until I was qualified to become a production manager--and I was never alone. In every course, there were others who also wanted to advance professionally and were willing to pay the price. What these spoiled children want is a freebie, often in a profession that won't have a place for them after they finish their studies, so they'll go off to Europe or one of the Americas to find a job. A university education is not a right, it's a privilege. State universities are already heavily subsidized to the point that they're virtually free. Compare the tuition to that of the private colleges in Israel or any college in the free world. Even online education costs as much as the state universities here, if not more.

    from the article: Tel Aviv University students planning to demonstrate for free tuition
    First published 03:24 25.12.11 | Last updated 03:24 25.12.11
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