How a country with huge history ,culture and so many natural resources (sea, mountains ,island) be in crisis and had the danger of bankruptcy?? And all this how affect the young people and universities??
Some people believe that Greece is like the village of Asterix, who resist to any conqueror. Greece is independent country since 1830 and until now other powerful countries (Germany, Italy, USA, England etc) try several to dominate or to had an option on economical-political-social issues. Greece was front again the danger of bankruptcy at 1893 and after 2 world wars (1917 & 1940),one civil war(1946-1949) and one dictatorship(1967-1974) was again free and independent.
We are in 2011 and Greece is again in economic problems because of the loans from EU. This crisis causes problems in education and especially at the universities. In Greece there is 40 universities and in this universities belongs a lot of schools.
When crisis was start’s the government had stop giving money, books and all these things a student and a school needs (food, houses, teachers etc). As you can understand a lot of students they don’t have money for house or to eat and many universities face the danger to close. The current economic crisis has brought about another heavy blow against the universities, exacerbating their already problematic situation. As part of the deal reached with the EU and the International Monetary Fund for the country’s bail out, the effective direct cuts in salaries for university teachers will be in the region of 23-25%. To this, one must add the reduction in the purchasing power of salaries due to a 4% increase in VAT that affects items of mass consumption so that the real salary reduction will be more like 30%. But, this last crisis might have positive outcomes but only if it would lead to a solution to the financial deficits (much doubted, say by Paul Krugman); only if it would release people from their breast-feeding and dependence on clientelism and partyocracy (but to become mature one must also want it); only if it would awaken intellectuals to assume their critical role (possible, but that would require an improbable cultural revolution ); only if it would lead to a socially planned shift from the dominance of neoliberal markets, for which the economists are largely responsible (as David MacKenzie has demonstrated), and which politicians find irresistible (as Michel Mann has shown), coupled with a shift towards some measure of social justice. In the meantime, since these and other “ifs” are difficult to realize, we may expect that various “neutralization” mechanisms will unleash small-scale and low-level corruption, but they will be justified as a response and even a defense against high-level and large-scale corruption (as Mark Granovetter has indicated) that has brought Greece to its knees. Such social processes may also embrace the universities. An upsurge of amoral familism (studied by Edward Banfield and considered to fit the social situation not only in Sicily, but in Greece and other areas too) unfortunately seems to be a most likely possibility given the loss of confidence in alternatives. (http://www.isa-sociology.org/universities-in-crisis/?p=469)
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