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A personal view on why people “choose” to get higher education in Georgia

Putting “choose” in quotation marks is the main part of the title and a hint to my subjective view on the issue to be discussed in this post. Based on my own experience and on the experience of my friends and acquaintances I came to the conclusion that most Georgian youths do not autonomously choose to get higher education, rather their choice is made directly by their parents. This is the case when parents impose their will upon their children. This is a case of paternalism, which means imposing your own will upon another person for his/her own good. Th...
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Guest — RT
Is "not allowing somebody to decide until he is 20" not paternalistic?
Tuesday, 17 July 2012 6:06 PM
Guest — Eric
Very much agree with Giorgi's analysis and Leqso's "policy" suggestions. Basic schooling, starting with the elementary level, shou... Read More
Thursday, 19 July 2012 10:10 AM
Guest — Leqso
Hi,thanks for the nice post, the topic is very actual for Georgia, I think,I agree that most of the students are not mature enough... Read More
Tuesday, 17 July 2012 7:07 PM
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The "Over-Education" Trap

In recent years, many countries in Europe and the former Soviet Union have seen an explosion in university enrollment. During approximately 10 years (from 1999 until 2010) higher education enrollment increased by 64% in Central and Eastern Europe, 27% in Central Asia and South Caucasus, and 19% in Western Europe and North America (see UNESCO).     1999-2005 2005-2010 1999-2010 Low enrollment  level in 1999  (below 30$) Country ...
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Guest — RT
Very true. One should add high unemployment. With no job, youth would either head to streets or to colleges. So those with ambitio... Read More
Tuesday, 24 April 2012 6:06 PM
Guest — Salome
Yes, at some point I agree with you and dear RT. We have too look from another direction. High unemployment and economic crisis c... Read More
Tuesday, 24 April 2012 7:07 PM
Guest — Eric
Randy, you are of course right, these data are not 100%, and maybe even not 90% correct. In fact, the strongest distorting factor ... Read More
Friday, 27 April 2012 4:04 PM
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