Why Free Community College Is Anything But Free


This will drive up community college costs–at taxpayers’ expense.

Source: dailysignal.com

The old adage is this: If you want more of something subsidize it, if you want less of it you tax it. Taxpayers are already paying for higher education in the form of subsidized Pell Grants, and k-12 education. All these so-called free education is surely costing the taxpayers a great deal of money.

Since the influx of government (free money) floods into these institutes of higher learning the cost of receiving a degree from these subsidized institutions has risen at more than twice the inflation rate making college even more unaffordable to the average  student. The only thing going up in higher education is the cost of same.

 

There are many reasons why this is a bad idea but again an old adage comes to mind, easy come, easy go. And that which you get cheaply you esteem just a cheaply. In other words when it does not cost you anything you do not value the product or service as dearly as you would if you actually had to pay for it.

We already have a "free education" system in America, the K-12 system which is presently producing graduates who need remedial studies before they can even start a college degree program. So then by extending the free education another 2 years will only degrade the already poor education our kids are getting in public schools.

If we really want to produce work ready students why not work to improve the failing K-12 education system and actually teach our children something worthwhile. I think if we spent more time teaching our children valuable life skills and beef up the vocational education system we would have work-ready students upon graduation.

Besides not everyone should attend college because college isn’t for everyone. In fact according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, only 20 percent of community college students transfer to four-year schools, and only 72 percent of those will have finished or remained enrolled four years later.

 

So, from what we can tell, we are looking at completion for just around 34 percent of community college students. This does not seem to me to be a worthwhile investment since most will not benefit from the "free education".

Like all the other failed social programs instituted by the federal government this too is destined to be a huge failure and end up benefiting a very small minority while costing the majority huge sums of money.

When is the average American citizen ever going to gain higher learning if they can not learn the simple truth of failed socialized programs?

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