In this paper I will use an applied philosophy approach to comment on the provision of education in society. I will work through a consideration of the State�s responsibilities for the provision of education to children and adolescents, before turning to focus on tertiary education; that is, the education of adult learners. A central question I want to answer is whether New Zealand has a responsibility to provide some free tertiary education for adults. I will offer a very brief sketch of key responsibilities a democratic State (such as New Zealand) has,and draw on these in discussing the State�s responsibilities to provide an education system for children. I will then address the provision of tertiary education, arguing that the responsibility to facilitate representative democracy in society grounds an obligation for the State to offer some lower-level tertiary education for free in New Zealand.
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