Globalization: Social & Geographic Perspectives

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Blog Post 5- Resisting Globalization

May 9th, 2011 · 2 Comments
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BBC’s Newsnight coverage of the British education crisis was quite eye opening. Paul Mason listens to some students whose education may be put on hold because of the high price that they need to pay for a proper university education. One young women speaks of her education and how she believes that the government will listen to students because of their recent unification and movements. She believes that students are at the forefront of the movement towards lowering the price of higher education.
Many other students state that they will not be able to attend university if the government does not lower the prices. One student claims he is from a very poor part of London (the slums of London, as he refers to it) where if he does not attend university he will most likely be selling drugs on street corners. It is unfortunate that many young students will not being getting the education they would like because of these hard times in Britain.
When students marched to parliament however, this peaceful protest against price increases took a turn for the worse. Many police men did not hesitate to use harmful force against the protesters which resulted in many hurt young men and women. Most protesters were not forceful against the police but in fact wanted to dance to profess their dislike in price hikes in education, a road mostly untaken by traditional protesters in protest marches. This act of peacefulness should have been enough to stop police from brutally harming marchers.
Paul Mason also speaks at Pace University to inform students that there are many countries were students are most unlucky as compared to students in the United States. Most students are unemployed and unable to afford education in other countries along with most countries unstable economy. He goes on to say that networks are the means to keep cultural societies amidst one another. This allows other countries to see where young people of other places come from and how they differ from our own culture and society.
He believes that social networking helped to educate others of others religions as well. Lastly he states that the days of non-violence are back and that many youth and other members of community are putting forth this notion so that harmony and liberalization can take place amongst nations of civil unrest in the ideals of non-violent acts.

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  • 1    ahsana // May 10, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    I think it’s really sad that tuition is increasing in both Britain and America and that many students have to put their education on hold due to these changes. Education is very vital in a very hard time like this. Already so many students have taken out grants and loans to pay for their education and there is no guarantee if they will be able to pay it back on time. As competition for jobs increase, students need all the education they can so they can have a better future. Not only does education benefits students it will benefit society and the state’s economy in the long run. I think that if Universities continue to raise tuition and students do not speak up and try to lower the cost then in the near future the gap between the wealthy and the poor will just widen and have negative consequences.

  • 2    msheridan100 // May 15, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    The American public school system allows many people to receive higher education at a lower price. It makes education both affordable and available. However, rising tuition costs have threatened many students’ chances for getting this. Education has traditionally been seen as a way out, as a stepping stone to bigger and better things. The fact that this opportunity is becoming less readily available to young people due to rising costs is a frightening thought. Also, a college education no longer guarantees a job in this economy. So not only is the price of an education increasing, but it may not even achieve the desired effect- a good job to pay off the loans. This is why city and state colleges have become increasingly popular. They provide an excellent education, without the private school price tag.

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