Free Education

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Humoud Aladawni ENG-200 Free education for all In today’s America, college education has increasingly expensive despite many attempts to lower that cost. Our founding father Abraham Lincoln, signed into law the Land Grant College Act, laying the groundwork for the education system that is accessible and affordable to all Americans. However, the current cost of college education has been on a rise for the last 45 years. Abraham Lincoln’s enactment notwithstanding, the education system is becoming more complex for student’s from low income backgrounds to face an uphill task in raising adequate funds for college fee. In her article, Keith Ellison-US rep. for Minnesota fifth congressional District- highlights that the cost of college education has rose 1,200% more since 1978. At the same time, student debt from educational grants is the single biggest form of debt owed by Americans. These hefty debts compounded with hiked tuition fees leaves student’s starting off their life already stuck in debts. Hundred and fifty years are gone since Abraham made the pledge. It is the right time to make education free for all Americans. I chose to write on this as it has direct impact to my college education. Just before college, I was enthusiastic of taking on my degree program and living my college life. Unfortunately private education was very expensive and I had no scholarship to sign up for. Also, I did not meet the requirement to complete my education in the public University. I found no other options beside going towards another career path that does not require a college degree. I was offered some help from one of my family member, it was a generous offer that I couldn’t refuse, but I had to postpone the idea until I receive proper work experience. I managed to make a career for myself else where. After few years I am back at a University and it is something I am very proud of. Why I care about the subject? It is because I believe that free education is something that needs to be a right for every individual. I believe it is for the better of the society, the more educated people the more we find solutions to the problems and issues facing the society. Nevertheless, I believe for the much less fortunate students, the effects of the loans are much more detrimental. I pitch in my support for a free education initiative that would serve students with much flexible loan programs, and the tuition fee much adjusted to meet the concept of affordability. I believe that this initiative would one day be actualized and students would have an easy times learning with no serious financial worries. Subsidized education would encourage quick career progress and business idea as students won't struggle with debts after schools. There clear indication that debt burden young labor force is responsible for the slow progress on the economy. The idea of having subsidized education isn’t just made to make education in every state accessible, rather serves a strong pillar to a nation that invests in its own young generation. When job prospects walk around with debts before the get their first cheque, it only means that they would spend money that would have been invested in business in paying loans. Debt burden individuals are less motivated to find work, as they face the downside of having to part with huge portions of their hard-earned wages in serving the loans. Students have found it harder, especially to the low-income students of color, to buy mortgage, start a family, and invest in business. To alleviate this gruesome situation, there is a need for the federal government to partner with their state government counterparts and establish policy that helps bring down the cost of education to all Americans. This strategy could include among others; increase funding to schools that scrap or lower their tuition fee; direct federal investment to lower cost of education. In exchange to this strategy, the states would resolve towards making re-investments back into the higher education. All the public college institutions that would benefit from the program would be expected to make those adjustments by scraping on lowering tuition fee to manageable amounts. I also have a strong believe that once the tuition fee is lowered to acceptable range, American colleges and universities would experience a boom in admissions, and that alone justifies the need to make adjustments onto the cost of education. It would have been a good strategy if the state governments would work on programs aimed at giving education subsidies to those from low-income backgrounds. In exchange, the student’s would ledge to make investments and work within the state as a way of giving back to the program. This way, those who have benefited from the programs would be at ease churning in donations to a designated state kitty for funding higher education. As good as the program to alleviate students of the burden surrounding college education there lacks no stabling blocks and critics of such a move. For many years, the Republican side of politics has been advancing rhetoric’s that aim at cutting government funding on welfare programs. The Donald Trump administration believes that this strategy would invite foreigners to take advantage of the program to their own benefits. President Trump and other Republicans have not gelled well with the issue of illegal-immigration, which they say is mostly facilitated by the free services financed by citizens through taxes. Over the course of his successful 2016 campaigns, Mr. Trump promises to scrap the DACA program which allows foreign students to be able to buy more time to study and land job under work permits. The main argument driven by those conservatives is that the federal government will be account for unnecessary expenditure in promoting free education for all. However, this argument is weak and lacks any sensible, if not logical, reasoning behind it. Firstly, the students who study and eventually work in the US without citizenship pay taxes in one or another way. That way, they directly contribute to the funding of their states and federal budgets. Secondly, DACA isn’t a safe haven for hardened criminal or people whose intention is to hurt America, rather they are dreamers who would have succeeded elsewhere if it were not for their financial hardships. It is safe to say that the issue of education has been politicized for long. The high cost of college education is not only shunning away students from low-income backgrounds, rather it shuns bring minds that could have made the next biggest tech-innovation. I strongly condemn any attempts that would ensure that students are further burdened with loans. The Trump administration and the perpetrators of similar policy to outdo foreigners wish to learn at the best schools, should know that only bridges build lasting peace and prosperity, but not isolation and overcharging their own people. Knowledge is a universal concept that cannot be held inside anyone’s pockets, but it becomes only better when shared (Tooley & Dixon, 2005). Free education would not only alleviate financial burden being laid on students, but also reflect on the foundations of our nation under the pledge the founding father, Abraham Lincoln. Moving forward, I have faith and hope that education would transform to a universal idea, upon where societies will have to set aside adequate funds towards covering all the costs’ related to it. Lastly, I would like to relate my case to the concept of global economy. I think in the near future the world would have a shared economy, where every individual can have access to education, paying job, and better quality of life. I rest my case. References The Argument for Tuition-Free College [Video file]. (n.d.). Retrieved from Tooley, J., & Dixon, P. (2005). Private education is good for the poor: A study of private schools serving the poor in low-income countries. Washington, DC: Cato Institute.

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