The Failure of For-Profit Education: Implications for TAFE
Among the many failures in the education ‘reform’ movement, the attempt to promote for-profit education has been the most complete. For-profit education has failed at every level.
After having such a traumatic time at high school and flunking most subjects, achieving nothing higher than a D, a D+ if I was lukcy, I thought I was destined to become just a volunteer or the self-taught office girl who could never move ahead - just watching everyone around me move on in their careers.
Practitioners in TAFE may be surprised or even affronted by this question, but not so a number of State governments. Increasingly the answer seems to be a resounding ‘no’.
I recently attended a conference on investing. I was told to do this because it is a good thing to do when approaching retirement. Most of the participants at the conference wanted to know what the future of the share market was.
The purpose of an economy is to meet the aspirations of the society it serves, not the other way around.