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The conversation: The political, emotional and financial state of college students

College-BlogWith today's approval to raise tuition at California State universities 15.5%, we have to ask: Will the middle class get priced out of local colleges?

On the subject of college students, why are they so anti-Republican [Mother Jones] and yet so uninterested in pursuing careers in politics or government service? [Opinionator]

And when it comes to growing up, have students become less independent, less resilient and are "helicopter" parents to blame? [Room for Debate]

--Alexandra Le Tellier

Photo: After leaving the meeting, students and others opposed to increases in student fees stage a protest in the lobby outside a meeting of the trustees of the California State University, at headquarters in Long Beach on Tuesday. Credit: Reed Saxon/AP photo.


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Jamie Andreson

Just wondering how you're making the assumption that college students aren't interested in careers in politics or government? Where are you sources on that? We are being educated to identify the problems in our world (including privatization of our public higher education) and find ways to solve them. Some may think this is through politics, others through the production of knowledge, artistic expression, NGO work or nonprofit work. I don't think you've given us enough time to identify we are not "resilient" to the problems that the future generations have handed us, and you are not respecting the fact that we do work very hard to learn, and act responsibly.



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