Tuesday, January 17, 2012

the need for fewer university students

Australia’s current Prime Minister, back in 2009 when she was merely the Commonwealth Education Minister, announced that the government would commit itself to ensuring that 40% of Australians would receive a university education.

Now it seems to me that one of the biggest problems facing the western world these days is that we already have far more university graduates than we need. We only need so many physicists, lawyers, doctors and engineers. That suggests that most of the extra university graduates are going to be arts graduates. What on earth would be the use of so many additional arts graduates?

How many arts graduates do we in fact need? My guess would be, very few. All these additional graduates are going to expect to be provided with jobs, which means the government will be under pressure to provide lots more totally unnecessary jobs for them. They will have qualifications that nobody needs, and will lack any skills that really are needed.

This might sound like just another example of the folly of a loony left government but in fact from the point of view of the Left it makes perfect sense. They see universities as factories for producing more leftists.

What we really need are fewer universities and fewer university students. The taxpayer should not be expected to fund the creation of left-wing political activists.

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