OK let’s have this debate today. I have very mixed emotions on this subject. On one hand I feel that education should be free for everyone who wants it, but on the other hand I feel that people should always have to work hard for the things they get in life. And there my friends lies our debate.
Who should get to go to college?
Everyone. Why? My simplest answer is because no one peaks in high school. Just because a student didn’t do well in high school doesn’t mean they don’t have the potential to succeed in college. Just because someone’s grades weren’t great in high school doesn’t mean they should be excluded from being offered a higher education.
I’m almost 35 years old (in October) and I’m just starting to find who I am. I’m only now starting to feel comfortable and content with my life and I’m thankful for it – but it took me almost 35 years to get here.
I had no idea what I wanted to be in college. I didn’t even know where I wanted to live. All I knew is that I wanted to get away from my parents’ divorce and college was the easiest way to do that. I changed my major three times in college before graduating in economics.
I think it’s unreasonable to base someone’s future on who they were or how they performed at 17.
Why should education be free?
Because the younger generations are the future of our country, economy and world. If we send them out into society without an education what sate will the world be in in 25 years? The unfortunate reality is that not everyone can afford to go to college so the government should make it affordable.
Scholarships and bursaries are one way to assist students pursue a higher education but is it enough? I am not sure why education costs are so high but they definitely seem excessive. Especially considering the fact that the younger generations are going school to take care of the state of the economy for the older generations we should definitely invest in their future.
What are the parameters?
Let’s say we live in a perfect world where every high school student gets a free college education. Is that actually an ideal situation? We would need several more schools to house all the students across the country who wanted to take advantage of a free education.
I know I had to work full time during my college years and my grades definitely suffered. Thank goodness my poor grades didn’t prevent me from getting a job after graduation. I still also graduated with over $10,000 in student loans – that was a lot back then. Trust me when I say my life would have been easier if my education was free.
So what do you think. Should a college education be free for anyone who wants it?