Why continue your education? Simple:
Did you see that? AMERICANS NEED A BACHELOR'S DEGREE JUST TO MAKE MORE THAN THE MEDIAN WAGE!!!
Many of you had "free" education most of your lives. From some pre-schools through high school, most did not have to pay for education in the USA. But college?
Students of mine have been on full fellowship in Japan through the PhD. But, mind you, 15 years of public schooling there cost parents $62,140/child, and triple that for private schools. I thought it was typically Japanese that grandparents are "obligated" to pay for a compulsory randoseru (know here as backpack) when the child starts elementary school, and some of them cost nearly $2,000, although these tend to be the trendy ones from Italy. In any case, universal free education is hardly a new concept.
A quarter century later, Strong American Schools (one of those organizations funded by Melinda and Bill Gates) indicated:
We react to crises. Peak Oil and Global Warming loom as the next combined peril. Alas, the prevailing attitude seems to be, what crisis? Maybe that’s just the nature of human society today. Thankfully, someone, or a discerning group, some time back in our history, crafted a total educational system that has worked. The World might not this cycle react in time, and the consequences will be dreadful, but I would not be surprised if the USA subsequently rebounds to maintain our dominance.
The bottom line is that, while our students don't score as well as much of the developed world, we do incorporate creativity, include some relationship building and inspire our better students to take charge and lead. In any society, you don't want only chiefs. As long as our best 5-10% are enterprising and progressive, and we have a morality/governmental/economic system that is supportive, society hums along well. Our economy is the only truly prosperous one in the world today, our military is supreme and freedom continues to ring. I can only applaud billionaires like Bill Gates who never graduated from college, but are trying to revolutionize our educational system. That will only improve our domination of world activities.
Republicans are conservative and Democrats are liberal. However, the polarization of parties and views has recently increased:
Student loan debt has now exceeded a trillion dollars, according to Sahil Kapur (left, he wrote this article). The average debt of a college graduate is now up to $28,400. No wonder that the Democratic Party, reeling from recent elections, has embraced "debt-free college" as a clarion call. What a way to gain the support of the younger generation. Two months ago President Barack Obama signed the "Student Aid Bill of Rights," which was the first step in the campaign to extend free education to secondary levels. Republican governors have tended to reduce funding for public schools, and Democrats might have found a pathway to regain dominance.