Where will our Expatkimchi kids study: the US? Germany? Elsewhere? Expatkimchi Mama and Expatkimchi Papa have been saving money aggressively for all three of their Expatkimchi Kids so that they can have a choice in the matter. The monetary cost between an American degree and a German one are like night and day, and I think the difference in experience is correspondingly so. My husband, who came through the German system, thinks that the quality is different too. I’m inclined to agree; you get what you pay for. In America, you get a lot of hand holding and fringe benefits.
Having said that, access to education is one of the most important social benefits in a society. It makes sense that here in the birthplace of the social welfare state, implementing tuition has failed, and we’ve created an educational haven for everyone by putting a university education within reach.