Protesters walk on St. Catherine street near Berri street during a night protest against pending tuition increases and Bill 78 in downtown Montreal Wednesday, May 23, 2012. Photograph by: Dario Ayala/THE GAZETTE
Massive demonstrations by students in Montreal have cost more than we can calculate - costs in education, monetary losses, conflicts between students and faculty and administration and government and damages yet to be evaluated.
Why ? GREED.
The solution is really so basic, so simple, so fair, so logical. But politicians and mobs don't think about what is logical or fair. They are politicians and they are mobs.
The solution: Students pay according to their means and based on their records - not only for high marks, but even more importantly, for their sincere efforts and civilized behaviour.
Students who work diligently and treat others with respect should also receive additional benefits to encourage their future efforts.
At the same time, those who attend halls of higher learning to socialize, drink, drug, fool around, get into trouble - should be pressed to leave the schools as quickly as possible and go out to look for work and - if needed - psychiatric support.
But, of course, if logic and fairness were attended to, how would we get great headlines for the media and photos for utube?