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    #185408 - 03/20/14 02:05 PM Re: The poor neglected gifted child [Re: Val]
    indigo Offline
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    Registered: 04/27/13
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    Quote:
    "Should college be free?"
    The questions are really:
    1) Should college be free at point of service?
    2) If college were to be free at point of service, how would it be funded?
    3) Who do we perceive as the primary payers today? Who do we perceive as the primary beneficiaries today?
    4) Who do we envision as the primary payers under a model which may be free at point of service? Who do we envision as the primary beneficiaries under a model which may be free at point of service?
    5) What models are in use in other places?
    6) What are the advantages? What are the disadvantages?

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    #185412 - 03/20/14 02:27 PM Re: The poor neglected gifted child [Re: indigo]
    Zen Scanner Offline
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    Originally Posted By: indigo
    Analogy to a salad bar: if it's priced per-pound, everyone eating a half-pound salad may be getting a different value for their expenditure of the same money... depending upon the mix of ingredients they chose. For example, iceberg lettuce in season may cost the deli much less than other more nutritious ingredients.


    Some may say that a profit-minded salad bar eater will choose the most expensive ingredients. If enough people profiteer it (which I think may be described as a duty by some political philosophies,) then the salad bar to remain profitable must either remove the more expensive ingredients, raise the price per pound, charge extra for some items, or possibly twiddle with perceived values. Then eventually people complain when the salad bar is all croutons, iceberg lettuce, simulated cheese product, and mystery pink meat.

    I have no idea if this actually is relevant, but I do enjoy me some analogies.

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    #185415 - 03/20/14 03:46 PM Re: The poor neglected gifted child [Re: Zen Scanner]
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    @ZS, Enjoyed your gifted mind visiting the salad bar. Avoid the mystery item in favor of the quinoa. smile

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