Without education, our world would be vastly different than it is today. Education is critical to why our world is as advanced as it is today. For example, it has brought many things we have come to love, such as the internet, smartphones, etc. These innovations shaped the world we live in today and allow our society to thrive. So, it would make sense to push toward a free tuition-based education. Despite the benefits, many still ask whether college should be free.
One perspective presented in the article The Argument for Tuition-Free College, by Keith Elisson is to show how providing free tuition for everyone would make our economy more prosperous. In this article, Elisson suggests how college was first introduced as people's college, meaning that college should be accessible to almost anyone. This is not the case in today's world since, as stated, people have to go into debt to afford tuition. Ellison says that we should not only work for college to be debt free and more affordable; it should be free, period. On the other hand, In the article Why states should abandon the free college movement Jennifer E. Walsh's central perspective is to show us how providing free college could hurt us more than we believe it could help us; Walsh includes evidence on how if we provide free college, the likelihood of people graduating would be drastically lower.
This allows us to see how enrollment does not necessarily mean success. She backs up this idea by providing evidence such as overpopulation in classrooms and people being unprepared for college. Both articles defend their position perfectly, but I ended up leaning towards free tuition in college.
Education plays a huge role in a booming economy because the more people get an education, the more our human capital increases. If our human capital is high, this results in the production of technology increases and the introduction of innovations occurring. After hearing this, it sounds like a no-brainer for the government to provide free college for students since the future is in their hands. Although, the argument on why college shouldn't be free brings up some good points, such as people not being prepared for college or students who get in for free not feeling like finishing college. Hence, why I agree with Elisson more because the fact that most students have to go into debt to better their education sounds absurd.
More and more students are finding themselves in an endless loop of dept while taking college courses because of how crazy the tuition prices are. In Elisson's view, the government should make the ability for a student to attend college for free or more affordable their priority. He points out, " If the nation can provide hundreds of billions of dollars in subsidies to the oil and gas industry and billions of dollars more to Wall Street, we can afford to pay for public higher education." Elisson is telling us how the government should focus on making coll...