A Free College Education For All
Guest Post By: Daniel Jelski
A free college education for all? That’s been the dream of many an idealist. President Obama certainly shares this goal— a year ago he said “The single most important thing we can do is to make sure we’ve got a world-class education system for everybody. That is a prerequisite for prosperity.” State university systems, particularly in New York and California, are tasked to provide all students— even those of limited means—access to higher education. Many, especially on the political Left, view public support of education as a cornerstone of a free and prosperous society. Thus the current economic hard times have produced great distress. Both SUNY in New York and the three California state systems, along with many others, have been forced to dramatically raise tuition. Many states have cut back on support—the sad and familiar joke being that public institutions have gone from being state supported to merely state located. Federal funds are also threatened: graduate students will no longer receive interest deferments, earmarks (a traditional source of money for higher education) are no longer available, and government grant money is increasingly harder to come by. More financial woe looks likely in the near future. On top of this many questions are raised about the value of higher education. Is college teaching what students really need to know? Will it really be able to guarantee graduates a place in the middle class as it has done in the past? Do the benefits of college justify the increasingly burdensome student loan debt that our nation’s youth is now saddled with? Higher education, already unaffordable, may no longer be worth the cost. It all looks pretty grim.
And yet I believe we are on the cusp of a new world in higher education – a world that can provide a free (or nearly free) college education for all. The recession has brought higher education’s woes into sharp relief, but it has not caused them. Colleges, designed for the world in the 1960s and 1970s, have not changed with the times. Colleges are still run as top-down bureaucracies rather than bottom-up communities. Outside of government, few other organizations operate this way. Anybody can publish and sell a book at Amazon.com. Google and Apple let their customers determine most of their content. Walmart empowers even its most junior employees to order products and set prices. Wikipedia allows any reader to write or update an article. Higher ed’s institutional structures aren’t like that at all, featuring top-down, inefficient, bureaucratic command management. Maintaining this old-fashioned system is ever more expensive and increasingly impossible. So here are some suggestions for how higher ed can imitate successful organizations, improve quality, and reduce costs even to zero. Let volunteers teach classes: This isn’t simply about saving labor costs (though it is that, too); it is primarily about crowd-sourcing. Just as Amazon, Google, and Wikipedia are able to tap into the expertise of millions, colleges can do the same by blurring the distinction between faculty, student, town, and gown. In an on-line environment there is no limit on the number of classes that can be taught, and no reason to restrict class offerings to only those taught by paid employees. Founded in 2009, University of the People will exclusively use volunteer faculty. Indeed, the distinction between faculty and student is hopelessly blurred in their model. As a result they aspire to be a tuition-free university open to any high school grad anywhere in the world. Initially they are offering programs in business administration and computer science, and are seeking regional accreditation. While there is no tuition, there are some fees, but the total cost for a bachelor’s degree will likely be a few hundred dollars, depending on where you live. By comparison, Texas’ initiative to offer bachelor’s degrees for $10,000 looks like a...
The essential and the basic level of education should be made free for all and sundry as it plays one of the most important roles in life of every human being in establishing and polishing his intellectuality and personality. It is the root, base and a building block in child’s development. The world has changed and moved so much that without education it is really tough for someone to live. But on the higher lever of education like university is really costly. So making it free would result in varied problems.
A child first goes to kinder garden, then the junior school, then the middle school, then the high school and the college. Till that time he has become mature enough to be aware of aptitudes as in what they like and what they want to do. And that’s not all. Most of them already know what is there goal or what they want to become. Every year, in a particular batch, some students decide the professional degrees they want to go for, while some others go for varied vocational or music training and some go and try their luck in sports. And few others who actually have a penchant for research like becoming an astronaut or a scientist go for higher education. However, every student would be tempted or would want to go to college if education is made free for all and sundry. And...
...In the essay “Your So Called Education” by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa the ideas of education quality and the lack of it not being held to the highest standard are evident throughout the essay. These two authors have written many different works about problems in education today. Richard Arum is a professor of sociology at New York University, and he is also the Director of Education Research. Arum received his doctorate in sociology from the University of California at Berkley. Finally he led Research Partnership for New York schools, giving them solutions to improve the public school system. Josipa Roska is the associate professor and director at the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. She also is the professor of sociology at the University of Virgin. Both of these authors have high degrees in higher education, and have qualified backgrounds. Their goal in this essay is to target teachers and professionals. The main points of this essay are to give these professionals tool to make education at a higher standard. Although the use of logos is clear there is an underlining essence of pathos, and a lack of pathos.
The article starts with talking about how special graduation is, and how important receiving a college degree really can be. Nevertheless it...
...Should UniversityEducation Be Free of Charge?
Education is a way to understand the real world better and whether this education should be provided to university students freely or not is one of the most debated topics over the last decades. It is a topical issue, which is discussed all over the world. Nowadays, people need education in order to survive in this fast-growing civilization. Everyone understands the value of education and on that account the competition to get into the most approved universities is very fierce. Universityeducation should not be free of charge, but these fees should not be as astronomically high as they are in so many countries. The situation is different in America, in Great Britain and Slovakia and it can be effective to compare these 3 distinct countries.
There are many universities in the world, both state and private ones, which offer a variety of study fields. Let us imagine that all of these universities were free of charge. This way everyone would apply for them and after successfully finishing their studies, they would start to seek for a job. The source of the problem would be that there would be too many graduates to begin with. There would be a lot of teachers, architects, lawyers etc., who would not find a...
How Important is a College Education in Today's Economy
University of Memphis
Since the seventeenth century, people have understood that knowledge is power and obtaining knowledge should be available to those who want it. We as a race have developed tremendously since the seventeenth century when it comes to education. The development of this knowledge has extended to post-secondary school, as well. As a college education became more available to the public, so did the need for people with college degrees. A college education is important to the economy because college degrees help create jobs and train workers, work place and life skills are developed in college, and it helps our nation compete with the competitive global economy.
In the beginning of the movement for an emphasis on education, there were very few colleges that offered another degree beside ministry. The post-secondary school allowed young men to learn about the profession which they wanted to flourish in, the education to perform the job was only obtained through a college education. For example, without a college education, a neurosurgeon would not be able to perform the tasks that their job requires them to. College opens the opportunities for jobs to be created along with training for jobs. Workers...
...Howcan the development of education in the United Kingdom be seen from a number of competing influences?
Some academics suggested that there are numerous competing influences in the development of the curriculum, these influences are often referred to as the stakeholders who as stakeholders, are presumed to have the right to influence the school curriculum and the development of it. There are numerous stakeholders concerned ineducation who claim to have the right to contribute to the development of the curriculum from: parents, students, the government, professional educators and employers. The government, educational and business sectors all have interests in common regarding the development of the curriculum; but they also share differences, each sector envisions a different ideal curriculum. Some of these ideals tend to focus on their political stance, demographics, and particular interests; in retrospect the stronger political clout they project the larger influence they will have on the curriculum. This ideology can be further argued in a way that each sector of stakeholders could be seen to not only to have a particular interest in the curriculum, but also a tendency to push their own political backings into their ideals and blame some of the other politically opposing stakeholders for the failings and ineffectiveness of schools progress. This causes potential tensions between stakeholders....
...Outline and explain two ways in which education socialises children
Point - imitation
Explanation – imitation is… people copy each other in order to fit in with others, shows us how to fit in make friends, as we tend to make friends with people who are similar to us,
Reference – Sewell 2000 cultural comfort groups
Criticise – this seems to back up the idea that people imitate in order to feel comfortable and copy each other to learn norms values
Point – ethnocentrism, we believe what we are told and take it as the only truth
Explanation –ethnocentrism is… this means that people are taught this is the norms and values of society this then means we only accept this way of thinking even if it is not politically correct. We can adopt our teachers views, subconsciously.
Reference – Gillborn 2001
Criticise – changes self belief
Socialization is the process of learning the norm and values in order to conform to the norms and roles required for integration into a group or community. One way the education system socializes children is through the process of imitation. Imitation is the copying of patterns of activity of groups or individuals. This process of imitation is very common in the early years of the education system (primary school). It means that children are likely to copy each other’s behaviors; this is in order to learn new skills but also for them to be able to socialize with others to show that...
...How Messed up EducationCan Be
Just couple weeks ago, I took my little sister to school; it was her first day as a 7th grader. As I walking in the hall, memories of the time I spent here, started to come back to me. Nothing had change, these walls, painting and the decoration. It felt like I never left, all the teachers greeted me, and asking about my college life. So just like any other year, students have to attend the opening ceremony; my little sister sat down in the last rows filled with graffiti in the auditorium I looked up and thinking to myself, “ They changed the principle again, whoever in charge, do they think it will fix the problems?” They have been using this method for ages. Every year, the new principle would give an awesome speech about how they would fix everything. But the past decade, same problems still haunt the school. Even though fear and worries in my head, I have no choice but to let my little sister attends this school. Welcome to Northeast High of the Kansas City District; welcome to the education of my life.
I moved to America when I was twelve and I attended Northeast Middle School. The District put me in the ELL (English Language Learner) program because I didn’t speak any English. So in those three years, I learned as much as I could but I was still a kid, I didn’t really pay attention to my education nor did I care about it. But...