Tuesday, September 8, 2009

How to exit a recession.

University 'way out of recession'

Extra university places should be funded as a way out of recession and unemployment, says the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

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9 thoughts on “How to exit a recession.

  • Packing people off to uni to get a degree in supermarket shelf stacking doesn’t cure unemployment, it just hides it.

    Many people on mickey mouse courses would learn far more as working apprentices..

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  • This is exactly what John Major did during the 90’s recession when he gave university status to the old Poly’s. It keeps fairly unacademic young people off the unemployment registers for a few more years, saddles them with debt in exchange for a fairly worthless piece of paper and does wonders for the UK drinks industry!

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  • Ahh, that old chestnut. Studying what I ask???? More invented ‘ologies’. Not a very novel way of keeping the unemployment numbers down. Dull. Very dull.

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  • Whilst providing a good education system is absolutely critical for a sound economy, they are tackling the wrong side of the equation just to hide the numbers with this. Our problem is not the lack of supply of well-qualified people, it’s lack of demand.

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  • John Major didn’t go to university, and the snobbery of graduates cut deep. The name ‘Polytechnic’ was also singularly ugly.

    Re-branding the poly’s as universities didn’t make any difference to the unemployment stats – students is students – but it was a very socialist move that no Labour government had ever had the courage to contemplate..

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  • mountain goat says:

    I went back to uni 5 years ago to retrain. That year cost me £10,000.00 in savings and more in lost earnings but it was still probably the best investment I ever made. If you lose your job going back to uni might be the right choice.

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  • I graduated from an old poly in the mid ninties with a cr*p degree, all of my friends from that time and myself, have had to go back to university to retrain to become social workers, journalists, teachers, IT consultants, OT’s or psychologists, etc etc. In other words the first degree was worthless on it’s own. Back in the days of student grants, there was no harm done, with spending three years, sleeping in until miday, drinking to excess every other night and learning very little…..those days have gone now, because that experience now leaves students in £££££ of debt.

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  • UT:”Packing people off to uni to get a degree in supermarket shelf stacking doesn’t cure unemployment, it just hides it.”

    I’d no idea Tesco was moving into education now. Possibly needs graduates in baked bean counting.

    A university education is immensely valuable in my view. The problem is that many students now see it as a means to an end, a certificate rather than a chance to aquire a deeper knowledge and intellectual outlook. It’s not for everybody, and a degree doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve have all the skills you need to be a good employee. But then education is not just about providing labour for industry; it’s also about producing better citizens and a better culture. That almost sounds funny these days, doesn’t it.

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  • letthemfall students “acquire a deeper knowledge and intellectual outlook” As I know a few students, I would like to know what are you smoking? It must be good.

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