Ever feel as though if Chuck Schumer came out in favor of taking daily showers, that Mitch McConnell et al would immediately stop bathing altogether? Or something similar with Nancy Pelosi and Kevin McCarthy? (Wonder if we should suggest it? Nyah. It would get really unbearable around there.) But it sure feels that way.
Bernie Sanders was among the first, but the movement has been steadily growing to make some or all undergraduate education (probably at state schools) tuition free. Private schools are still something of a mixed bag. They might or might not get some help. The proposals are all over the places. But the pressure is mounting right along with the movement to forgive student loans.
This is something that I’ve seen for myself overseas. It works. It is a different mindset, true, but it actually works better than traditional education settings. People here are skeptical because they’ve never seen it. I can understand that, because I was, too. However, places like Africa and Australia have vast areas where getting teachers TO students is virtually impossible at least part of the year. (By vast I’m talking 100s of miles of NOTHING. In Australia, it’s the heat. In Africa, it might be heat or the rains/mud.) Some parts are just impassable. If students don’t study at home, they don’t get an education. It’s that simple. I’ve done it. It’s hard, but it can be done.
But there are a couple of HIDDEN reasons for Republicans to be resistant to this.
- They want to privatize ALL education so they can profit from it and control it. This was Betsy DeVos’s main reason for wanting to be Secretary of Education. Uneducated poor people are easier to tell how to vote. Then you make them the workers in your businesses. The rest you tell them only what you want them to know so they’ll still vote the way you want and sent their children right back to your for profit schools.
- Educated people are so damned hard to manipulate. They ask too many questions like WHY, WHERE DID YOU GET THAT, HOW DOES THAT WORK, WHO SAYS, YOU AND WHOSE ARMY? Just so inconvenient.
My position is: We need to at least try two years (freshman and sophomore) in undergrad at state schools. At the vocational/tech schools, all one/two year programs would be eligible. It would have to include apprenticeships, externships, etc. to finish out programs. Run it for say five years and re-evaluate. If it is working, then up it to all four/five years. Let’s get our young people (and some adults) trained so they can go to work. Uneducated people cannot find good paying jobs. We cannot attract good industry to Georgia without educated workers for them. This is a two way street.
This is an area where you have to invest in order to see a return on down the road. The return won’t be this year or the next, but we will see it as industries choose to move in. Let’s do this.
Vote for somebody who sees our potential in the future. Vote for me for State Senate in District 29.