- Mar 5, 2020
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- Eastern Shore, VA
I'm on board with "free" college under two conditions.It's embarrassing that a explanation is required but here we are. ”Free" as in provided without direct cost to students. This is what is generally meant when folks say K-12 education is free. Obviously people are taxed to pay for their neighbors' kids education. As a society it's been agreed that the benefit to the community is worth the cost taxed to the community. Why there is still debate as to the cost/benefit ratio of undergraduate and graduate education is quite beyond me. Personally speaking, my income increased 10 fold and my tax burden increased infinitely with a college education. If only a few percent more people can experience the same who couldn't otherwise afford to go to college, it pays for itself. The community experiences the benefit when more people are spending much more money and actually paying taxes instead of getting 100+% refunds after credits. Hence the community should pay the cost just like K-12. Paying college students based on their grades should also be done, but let's just start with free tuition.
1. We have to admit people into higher education based on aptitude. If you can't/don't demonstrate the aptitude, no free college. It's a simple fact that not everyone is college material and we should not waste the state's (or anyone else's) money on people who are not college material. Find a way to weed out people who are going to drop out after/during freshman year before any money is spent on them.
2. Limit what people can major in. Find out how much work is available/likely to be available in a given field, and base the number of people who can get a government-funded education in that field on that.