Why Education should be free

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Education was once the luxury of the rich and powerful, but over the years it became more and more accessible. However, it is still not accessible to all. There are still many people who struggle with tuition fees. One of those people might have the potential to cure AIDs or cancer, and yet they have to compete against the structure of an education system that favors those with deep pockets and not those with good grades.

While scholarships might help a handful of the brightest, not everyone has the same opportunities to be in the position of applying for one. Furthermore, scholarships are not the answer to everything. They do not always cover the entire tuition fee and also has a tendency to be biased, according to those over at Fastweb, a website dedicated to providing resources for scholarships.

Back in 2014, students marched in Westminster, England in an attempt to change education policies. The co-chair of the Young Greens, an American youth advocate for social justice was quoted saying that they “believe everyone should have the opportunity to study further, no matter what their background. Today we’ll be marching for free education, to abolish tuition fees, to fight the cuts in the education sector, and to challenge the marketization of education.”

The truth in his word is that university is a business. Any notion thinking otherwise is pure folly, and this aligns with the reports by The Guardian. Students are nothing more than consumers who hope to purchase certification in which to prove their competence. With the steep price tags that only grow steeper every year, it has begun to cause dissent within the student community, believing that the financial gains of an institution for learning is something close to desecration.

Over at National Education Association, they are also pushing for free education with the argument that in the past, high school was deemed a luxury but when it became a necessity when it comes to building careers, it became “paid for by public dollars, and treats as a right of all members of our country”. Now, university is more of the same, essential to becoming “a full participant in our democracy”, it deserves the same treatment. Before claiming that it cannot be done, take a look at the following countries: Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, Finland, Mexico, and Brazil. All of which have succeeded in providing free education for their people. Why is it that, in the land of the free, nothing is?

A former sales manager of Trump University admitted that not only did the institute operate on the grounds of parting a person from their money, they often seek out the most vulnerable with big promises of job prospects, making it seem as an investment which would not go wrong, but it often does.

It was once unfathomable for children to be educated freely, since it was reserved for those with prestige. If people in the past were able to overcome their prejudice and bias towards those in differing social classes, we should be able to rise above our greed and blind consumerism to give way to a better tomorrow. Liberate students from student loans and free the people and give them the right to study whatever they want, regardless of whether they can afford it. Not only will this allow room for more talents to rise in the States, filling the country with capable individuals, it would also address problems of homelessness, crime and give those with less prospects, hope.

Meanwhile, focus on generating funds may be sourced from elsewhere. Large corporations who wish to employ an institution’s best and brightest may fund them and take their pick, thus also changing the landscape of undergrads unable to find a job. Or perhaps, look into the booming business of tourism; foreigners have long since studied in America. These who hope to benefit from the education system of America and learn its syllabus can join via recruitment partners such as Keystone Academic or the like but as paying students. There are many ways in which education may be freed, it is just a matter of whether our business driven society is able to free their cash cow.

In the event universities do not catch on to the fluidity of this era, they might begin to lose out as students opt for free courses rather than spend thousands on a brick and mortar institution that is both unfeeling and at most times, not very educational. There are reports that prove higher education is becoming less relevant in these times where people who hold degrees but not skills, are abound.

Education should be looked into, and have its mainframe reworked. Instead of making it about money, readjust their focus on what actually matters: passing on skills to the next generation.

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