Monday, February 15, 2016

Fact of the Day: Political College

In the 2016 presidential election, one of the major issues for candidates is the subject of free education at public colleges. While many candidates have laughed at the idea of "free" college, most public universities in America started out as free or had very low tuition rates. It was only sometime after World War II where tuition rates spun out of control.

15 comments:

  1. Yeah, and look at the universities in Europe! In Germany, studying doesn't cost anything and it works just fine!

    -Kati

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  2. At least make the damn things cheaper, ridiculous how much a fancy piece of paper costs.

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  3. I can't see this happening but who knows...it would be a good thing.

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  4. Interestingly, though, very early in our country's history, primary school was only available to a select group of people. Horace Mann introduced the idea of common schools--that education should be available to everyone.

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  5. I think the tuition rates go up because the colleges receive a lot of money from the feds. So they can jack up the rates which prospective students will pay, because they're not going to pay the whole freight, anyway.
    But...that being said...kids being saddled with thousands and thousands of dollars in student loan debts...yeah, that's effed up.

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  6. I think the tuition rates go up because the colleges receive a lot of money from the feds. So they can jack up the rates which prospective students will pay, because they're not going to pay the whole freight, anyway.
    But...that being said...kids being saddled with thousands and thousands of dollars in student loan debts...yeah, that's effed up.

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  7. My favorite part is when you pay more than the cost of a brand new car to go to college and even after graduating you still get calls from them asking if you want to make any "donations." Yeah, I'm already making them monthly and I'm gonna be doing so until I'm 40.

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  8. Tuition should be cheaper but not free.

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  9. I think both sides of the aisle agree that college is too expensive. I don't believe hardly anything in life is free, so I wouldn't agree with free college, but something should be done to stop the racket...maybe more transparency on what tuition actually covers--unbundling the bill--might help. And, of course, allowing for refinancing of student debt would make sense. I don't see why they don't get that done, since I've heard both Democratic and Republican candidates advocate the idea.

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  10. In Australia - University education has NEVER been free.
    But as your education system is not the same I can't comment. What is a college in the USA appears to be the final years of what we call High School and then TAFE training or diploma training. Ages 16 to 19 years.
    The majority of University first year students are at least 18 - or 19 years old and then after high school it is encouraged that students take a "GAP" Year to learn what the REAL world is about - so they, if they can afford it, travel overseas and get jobs as dish washers, bar tenders, pool attendants etc.
    ----
    Due to the sudden demise of a Supreme Court Judge of the USA - this in a Sydney paper of today may be of interest.

    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/choosing-a-replacement-for-us-supreme-court-justice-antonin-scalia-is-now-the-most-important-decision-for-the-us-this-year-20160215-gmu4ad.html

    The author is a Professor of the University of Sydney. Our oldest University. Makes interesting reading.
    Just copy, paste and read.
    Barack Obama is STILL the President of the USA for 11 months.
    Of course the Bible Bashering brigade and those who believe he is a Muslim are wasting their bloody time reading the "attachment".
    Bigotry begets strange views. So much for the BIBLE, eh?
    B J Hunnicut aka Colin

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  11. there's very VERY little in life that's free.

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