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Submitted by tom abeles on

There are some who argue that the post secondary market, as constructed, will increase the fiscal divide, particularly in a world where knowledge and skills are becoming fungible and movable across geo/political boundaries. In the "west", prior to the end of the 18th century, post secondary education was designed to move a select population into "society" and those who studied the skills arena were considered "pedants" to go into teaching and other job related occupations. Post 18th century, emphasis on the need for marketable skills, initially agriculture and engineering, inverted the priorities. Yet, all realized that there were select institutions which offered advantages beyond the practical. Given the ability to move knowledge industries across borders make these latter institution even more important and increasingly accessible to a selective population which creates access to wealth opportunities while skill based education, as we see, internationally, less of a guarantee.