Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Article: Against Tulip Subsidies

Not about tulips, but rather uses tulips, subsidies, and the Dutch tulip mania of the 1600's as an extended metaphor about the pernicious effects of subsidizing post-secondary education.

The author discusses his own medical education.

He notes that we use a college degree as a credential, costing thousands of dollars, to get a job or get an advance degree, that does not require an actual college education.  (His bachelor's degree was in philosophy, then he earned a medical degree in Ireland, a country that does require an undergraduate degree to begin a medical education.)

He notes that is unfair to the poor who cannot afford the education to do a job that they might otherwise be qualified for.

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