The chants in opposition to tuition fee hikes are back at post-secondary institutions across the country. With that comes the call for post-secondary education to be ‘free’ for all.
Sorry kids, I don’t agree!
I’ve listened to this argument since the 1990s. I had friends attending post-secondary schooling who were also enraged by tuition hikes. I tried to remain objective. I listened to their complaints, which eventually led to the argument that post-secondary should be free for all who want to attend. Even then their argument didn’t convince me. Needless to say, I lost a few friendships. But the ‘chants’ are louder now, amplified by the world of social media, and the media looking for the next ‘hot button’ to sell a headline.
This wouldn’t be an item I typically would find myself embroiled in except for some civil (and not so civil) conversations back and forth with students after I commented on a post I viewed on Instagram. Having more than 30 years of adult life experience now, and being in business has emboldened my perspective, and not to their advantage.
Some of the comments I received were respectful which leaves me with some hope, but another referred to me as “one of the sheep.” Comments such as “you never had to struggle,” (like they knew anything about me) and “the previous government took away all the incentives” were other arguments tossed around.