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Response to genxlib (Reply #70)

Tue Feb 19, 2019, 08:26 PM

104. I understand your point BUT

 

the question we should be asking is WHY is college so outrageously expensive. It didn't used to be. I went to college--at an outrageously upscale school. My parents helped but basically I managed with an after-hours waiting gig and work in the summer. It was not out of reach...why should we accept that it is out of reach now, for anybody?

The truth is other advanced nations provide for higher education, just as they--and we--do for education through high school. Is there a fundamental difference I am not seeing? Is there any reason there should be differentiation between basic education for everyone, and further education along divergent paths for everyone? Seems to me that is a great benefit to society as a whole, to educate everyone to the greatest extent possible, in his or her field...and why the EFF should we attach a profit motive to THAT? We ALL benefit from that. Society benefits. The national economy benefits.

This is the mindset we have to address, and change. We need to teach/stress/demonstrate that education does not just benefit the person in school--it benefits us all.

Unless of course the "us" writing policy/laws/etc only want the public trained, not educated. (h/t Molly Ivins)

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