On one of the right wing talk shows, I listened to the guy from Washington as he discussed why he did what he did and fought Democrats in Washington to get the reduction. He understood it. The poor get grants. The rich can afford those costs. The ones being priced out of college are from middle class working families.Tuition and fees: $10,000+Books: $1950+Housing and food: $11,874+Misc: $2400.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Ranting on this again because it's on my mind. To me, the future of our country is about future generations being raised up ready to take over. What are we doing to make that happen? Are we only educating the wealthy to be in that position-- a generation of oligarchs ruling over peasants?
For those who are worried that Bernie Sanders might win the election and do what he said he wants to do, I suspect you have nothing to worry about. The number of citizens who will vote for him probably aren't enough to even get him the nomination. The people in this country worried about a student (or the poor) getting money from them appears to outweigh concerns with wars we don't need, likewise weapon systems that we only need if we want wars around the world.
Bernie may not be able to win but I wish Americans would think long and hard on his proposals, such as regarding college tuition being paid by the government. This is NOT a partisan issue. It's a cultural one.
Did you know that Washington State Universities will have their tuition cut by 20% this year and it's a Republican legislature that drove it to happen. Who do you suppose that helps? The middle class.
Concern over college getting so costly is all about the middle class, who are the ones being cut out of having their youth get educations beyond high school. $26,316 for three terms this year will be what an OSU undergraduate will be charged:
I've mentioned before that when I went to college, I could pay my tuition by cleaning an office building one day a week. My husband paid for his by working at a dairy during his week-ends. Part time work could do it. Anybody who believes that is the case today is not paying a lot of attention to minimum wage and how hard it would be to earn $26,000 a year to go to college. Then if the kids borrow, the interest rates currently are 4.29% (down from when it used to be 8%) but it is calculated from the date the loan is taken out. So while elders like my husband and I earn maybe .5% interest on our savings, the banks aren't passing that benefit onto the students. You can buy a car at 0% interest and pay it off within three years to keep it 0% but our future generations-- pffft, no investment we want to make as a culture.
There are those on the right and left who understand how important higher education is to innovation and growth. They understand that if Germany, Sweden and five other countries not only don't charge their kids tuition but would let American kids come there to go to school, at no tuition, they value education. Why don't we? Or do we want to become a servant nation with the bulk of our population knowing how to grow food or sweep our floors?
This nation was built by those who valued education. Schools were one of the first things that communities made sure were built right alongside churches. My parents taught me how important it was to work hard in school and go to college. They only had eighth grade educations but they both read and they pushed their kids to work in school. They knew it mattered and they drilled it into me-- as my husband and I drilled it into our children, who now drill it into their children.
Americans need to get it together that there are some things worth investing in—the future generations should be at the top of the list. Sure, I wouldn’t let just any kid go to college, one who didn’t get good grades in school should be in a trade school, those who want to learn a trade should equally be encouraged to those schools-- nothing bad about a good, solid trade-- but for those who want a college education, who have worked hard, they should know the way is open for them. It will give them motivation to work when they know it can take them somewhere.
This isn't a gift or if it is, it is to repay the benefits we received from those years when college was affordable for the middle. It still won’t be free. Tuition is less than half the cost. But it will be more feasible for kids like I was to believe they could do it.
To make this work will also take some monitoring of the universities to be sure their dollars are going into education not an overabundance of deans, advisers, and administration. A lazy people don’t want to monitor the system, make sure it's being fair and farsighted. A lazy people will get a future generation worthy of it.
The ones whining about paying tuition don't seem have any problem with a budget that is 57% military with a lot of weapon systems that don't even work out. They don't mind subsidizing big corporations or giving huge tax cuts to the wealthiest. They don't mind being run by oligarchs. They also will get a future generation worthy of it... except I want better for my grandkids. A lot of Republicans feel the same way. Those elders, who don't get it, should get educated as to why having kids get more education will in the end be good for them. It's called looking ahead!