This video, lists some of the statistics that might be important to those who are looking to become informed about the Occupy movement. While quite simplistic, the video correctly describes the situation being protested by people across the globe. The figures describe unemployment in the USA and the great inequality between the wealthiest and the poorest people in the nation. It portrays the underlying socioeconomic problems being confronted by ‘occupiers’. It demonstrates a clear purpose in comparison to some of the vague and unreasonable demands seen throughout the movement.

I think many people have started participating in the movement because they feel they ‘deserve’ something. Although I have no statistics to back this up, there are videos and photos that show students, for example, demanding lower tuition prices and/or for someone else to pay their tuition (for one example, see this video). Being a university student, I get it. Tuition sucks. But we are paying for a service just like anything else. I wouldn’t ask the large corporations to pay for my car so why do people think they deserve to have their tuition paid for them? And for those who think “university is the only option to get a decent job”… untrue. Trade schools offer an array of possible opportunities for employment.

I think this video demonstrates a key point to the movement when it states; “It’s not about handouts. It’s about opportunities.” Some of the demands seen on protesters’ signs are not representing the occupy movement as a worthwhile cause. I think many would agree that the huge companies and banks should not be getting bailed out by tax payers’ money, but some of the other complaints seem a little ridiculous. If the occupy movement wants to see results they need to focus on sensible goals and not fall victim to the demands of lazy people who are not motivated to put effort into their own life.

  5 Responses to “Don’t Pay My Tuition: Considering Sensible Goals for the Occupy Movement”

  1. Hi thanks for the input.

    I fixed the link. Not sure what happened there..

    My approach to this piece was to try to write a more argumentative piece from one stance. So yes in some ways the video about tuition does serve to de-legitimize the movement in some aspects. Furthermore, I do not attempt to represent the entire population of the Occupy movement, this is but one example.

    Katie, I understand your point of view as well. I also feel this frustration sometimes.

  2. Is the video correctly linked? when I click on the first link I get the video of the interviewer & the young man with the sign about tuition. Was there another video with statistics you wanted to post first?

  3. I think people’s complaints over tuition stem from the fact that the government is using the public purse to bail out financial companies yet doesn’t extend the same subsidies to post-secondary institutions. I don’t think private corporations should be paying for students’ tuition, that doesn’t make any sense. But many countries (like Germany) heavily subsidize universities so tuition is free or very cheap. Also consider that tuition fees are infinitely higher in the United States than they are in Canada. The more tuition fees rise, the more post-secondary education becomes a luxury of the upper class. Students rely on lending institutions for loans and are saddled with huge debts when they graduate. I think the frustration over the government bailing out financial institutions while completely ignoring the importance of post-secondary education is completely justified. Higher education should be seen as a social good, rather than a personal investment.

    • I wasn’t able to access the video, because it says it has been removed from youtube. However, I strongly disagree that education is a service we should have to pay for. I agree with Katie when she says that education has now become a luxury of the upper class. The rising price of tuition effectively excludes many intelligent, forward thinking people simply because they don’t have the funds. Furthermore, education can be a tool of empowerment and a way to liberate people’s minds from the chains of repression that hold them down. Why should we limit this freedom to those who can pay for it?

  4. I agree with you, what a character that guy…
    However, doesn’t this video work to de-legitimize the movement as a whole? Also, is this biased sampling?