NY Times has an article on the comments to Tom Hanks article on his experience with community colleges. I had a problem with some of the readers’ observations, so I commented again:
First, their comment: “Some readers questioned the $60 billion price tag of the presidentâ€™s proposal over 10 years, and whether free tuition is the appropriate goal.”
My response: This is such a short-sighted observation. Educated people pay much more in taxes, and this fact alone means that it doesn’t cost anything in the long run. They create companies, do research for new products, invent new technologies, make movies, write plays, paint, sketch, become doctors, lawyers. Educated people are the culture and the business community. They rule the world. Truth be known, there isn’t a nickel’s worth of difference in any two human beings on this planet. Mostly it’s opportunity, self-confidence, preparation and persistence. I’m a perfect example. Raised on a farm, graduated in the lowest quarter of my high school class, and yet I got an MS from Stanford university in astronaurical engineering. Let’s give everyone the opportunity. Let’s take the education monopoly away from the rich. The question isn’t if we can afford to educate everyone. The statement is that we as a government of the people can’t afford not to. Knowing that anyone can get a college education in itself will change students’ attitudes at every grade level, just knowing they have an academic future. To me all college education should be free, even graduate school. This isn’t a trickle-down effect. It’s trickle-up. Actually, it’s not a trickle, it’s a gusher.