Education Debt

Germany Provides Free University And College Tuition To All! A Great Model For Americans, Saddled By Education Debt That Undermines Their Futures!

The Federal Republic of Germany has set a wonderful model that should be adopted in the United States!

All students who attend colleges and universities in Germany gain free tuition for their education, which makes a lot of sense, as taxpayers supporting students benefits the entire nation, as well the particular students and their families!

No one loses from tax support of education, as it makes those involved more intelligent, more learned, more able to think clearly and make good judgments!

It also prevents students from being saddled with debt in the thousands or even hundreds of thousands, which undermines their futures, by making it impossible for them to get out from under debt, and delays or prevents them from going into fields of work, and also makes it harder for students to marry, have children, buy a home, and the myriad of other activities that makes family life and the economic advancement of the nation to occur!

This author was fortunate enough to have attended college at Queens College of the City University of New York when college tuition was free, and it made it possible for him to be able to afford to attend graduate school and pursue a Ph. D. in history.

Such free tuition no longer exists in the City University of New York system, or the University of California system (which ended when Ronald Reagan became Governor in 1967), and the myriad of other state universities around the country, and this reality undermines the future of students today, and the nation long run!

If we can spend hundreds of billions of dollars on defense and so many other things, we need to support education, tax supported, on a much larger scale!

Fact Of Life: Education Beyond High School Is Essential And Also Fulfilling In Other Ways Than Just Employment!

There has been a lot of talk recently about the burden college graduates face in paying off college debt.

There has also been the growth of an anti-intellectual backlash by those who are not educated, and resent the power and influence of educated people.

But the reality is that educated people tend to find it easier to become employed, stay employed, and make a much higher income over a lifetime, by any statistic one uses.

New government figures prove that education gives a person seeking employment many more opportunities for fulfilling work, and with less likelihood of being laid off, and if so, easier to find another job.

This is not equivalent of the past, when many people without any education could obtain a good manufacturing job and support a family.

But it is not only the economics of education that is significant, but also the fact of the “liberation” of one’s mind from myth and ignorance, as a college education promotes higher skills, including ability to analyze, evaluate, and interpret information; as well as encourage tolerance of others, and a desire to learn and improve one’s social and intellectual being.

A learned population is far better than an ignorant population, and it engenders an increased sense of satisfaction and happiness as well.

So the answer is to pursue higher education as the ticket to success long term, and open mindedness throughout one’s life, making one a better person, a better husband or wife, a better dad or mom, a better friend, a better human being!