The cost of education is not cheap! For those that have done the research it doesn’t take much digging to see that the costs have skyrocketed well above the normal rate of inflation and getting a quality education that is worth the price you pay has become near impossible…
Student loans are now overburdening our nation’s young adults and are only getting worse as most institutions have even reduced the enrollment criteria. As they seem to have no problem overselling the benefits of getting a college degree or job training just to get more people in the door. Their quest to increase the schools bottom-line has left millions of people with a lot of debt and little chance of finding a good enough job to survive will affording the monthly tuition payments soon after they graduate. Leaving them frustrated, angry and fearful of their limited future prospects. Being a victim of this trap myself I’ve always wondered how we could solve this problem.
Granted I have a few ideas myself that I thought were kind of crazy, but it wasn’t until a few months ago when I once read a post on Mr. Reich’s Facebook page that proposes an idea similar to my own when I realized that it’s not a crazy as I thought. His solution on how to make college more affordable was to basically require a college graduate to donate of around 10% of their earned income for 10 years to the institution they graduated from, instead of paying a traditional annual college tuition rate. Of which, I think is an awesome idea! The biggest different between his and mine is the fact that I think this kind of program should apply to all education and job training schools, not just college…
First, this kind of program keeps the educational institutes honest buy making sure they actually provide a quality education while helping to ensure that they gives students the skills and knowledge they need to get a good job. It kinda forces the to make an investment in their students while encouraging the educational institutes to pick students who have the true potential at succeeding. If they suck at finding such students, they get less of a return on their investment. Sadly, many colleges and training schools have simply decided to make it easier for kids to get into them even though many students don’t have the support or foundation necessary to complete the educational process. All the while, there are plenty of others people in society who can actually cut it or excel academically but can’t even afford to get their foot in the door let alone continue on until the finish school!
This system really sucks for everyone involved! They are robbing kids of their hope, dreams and future while robbing companies/business of some truly gifted talent in the process. All of which does nothing but create a society that degrades human potential. The truly messed up part is, this whole process and system of education is supposedly put together and run by some most intelligent people in the world? I doubt that highly! As anyone who ever enter the work force will quickly realize that, quit often, the most talented people are usually suppressed or used by their supervisors. If they are even hired at all! The mentality that many of these supervisors who hire staff is usually based on the fact that they often try to hire good employees that are good enough to do their job, but not good enough to replace them. The sad truth is, this whole system of education clearly has the very same problem!
Second, an post high school educational system like this can still profit quit will by making those who have the means to actually afford to pay traditional tuition, pay it. The only thing this kind of system does is simply allow those who deserve and cannot afford an education beyond high school a chance at getting one regardless of how much money they or their families make.
Third, and most importantly, everyone should have the right to a quality educational opportunity regardless of who they are, where they come from regardless of whether or not they can actually afford it! If you really want to give people a chance to pursue that life, liberty and happiness supposedly afforded to them by the US Constitution, then our leaders should be doing everything possible to make it so!
Personally, I’m am not really a huge fan or promoter of Mr. Reich’s works and viewpoints simply because he’s a hardcore Democrat and I embrace many philosophies from several different political perspectives. Just because he is a hardline Dem doesn’t mean he doesn’t have some great ideas! Something we all need to accept and appreciate is the fact that some of the best advice we get in life often comes from those who have completely different perspectives.
The one thing I must admit is that his movie, “Inequality For All”, really hits the nailed right on the head!!! We all deserve a shot at a better life… and if you don’t have the resource or knowledge need, you aren’t going anywhere fast anymore!
It’s Not A Hard Fix
The sad part is, any sitting U.S. President can make this happen with the stroke of a pen and an Executive Order after all “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” is our constitutional right and nowadays the only way to ensure this right is with a quality education. Besides, who would back a bill called, “The Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness Bill”? The name alone would pretty much “out” any politician and label them as a completely Un-American leader who clearly does not believe in principles of our nation that makes us such a great country… Of which, is probably one of the reasons why no politician has yet to put such an idea on the table as far as I know.
This is an idea that every politician who says they care about our country can and should get behind. It really shouldn’t even be an issue! Many nations around the world offer extremely cheap or completely free college education, even to non citizens. The mere fact that not one U.S. Politician has taken this idea and run with it is just more proof that our leaders in both house simply do not care about the future of Americans as much as they tell us when they are out to get our vote. I guess their corporate/elitist masters they serve simply do not want us poor surf’s to have any real chance of bettering ourselves. Or, they don’t want us smart enough to realize they all pretty much suck at their jobs. The only problem with that last one is… it’s a little to late for that now isn’t it…lol
There’s is nothing wrong with regulating high degree institutions or job training schools to keep the honest. After all, that’s the whole purpose of our government anyways… isn’t it! Yet no one offers any legitimate legislation to do so and all they do is talk, talk, talk. Seeing that even in 1947 President Truman realized the need for a well educated workforce to adapt to a rapidly growing society, why have we not gotten with the program and how is it that all these allegedly very intelligent people at the helm have yet to figure out a way to give everyone the tools they need to succeed? Especially when such ideas are already sitting there staring them in the face! Something just doesn’t smell right…
Part – 2 – The Real Reason Why No Push – Well, it’s really just a theory