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Problem:  How do we resolve the intellectual, academic, and income loss that results from an uneducated populace?  We must allow FREE college degree education.

Universal Education Exchange.

Problem:  How do we resolve the intellectual, academic, and income loss that results from an uneducated populace?  We must allow FREE college degree education.

Solution:  Select Universities, Private institutions, and Community colleges in every State will have the option to "opt in" to be subsidized completely by the federal government.  These institutions will offer 4 years of school towards a college degree free (subsidized by taxes) to anyone who has a High school diploma or GED.  The model for this is based in part on the Government subsidized Pre k-High school system.  Using the "Medicare for All" movement as inspiration, the US would simply take the already existing public education model for children and extend it to college.

*Note:  this program is designed to co-exist alongside "for profit"  institutions.

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  •  No, we need to stop fetishizing college. (1+ / 0-)
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    Neuroptimalian

    That would be cheaper, and more democratic.  What's democratic about forcing everyone into something they may or may not even want, just because we have arbitrarily destroyed the employment that doesn't "require" college and we've been pretty arbitrary about the remaining employment "requiring" it?

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 03:53:23 AM PST

  •  Agreed...but that's not what this is. (2+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM, alain2112

    I'm suggesting if a person desires to go college, is 18 years and older with a diploma and/or GED, we should move heaven and earth to make it easy.  Sort of like if a person is sick, they can very soon have the "option" to go to a doctor.  Not pay or die.  

    Fetishizing has its place.  Every one knows this country needs an educated populace.  Yes, of course not everyone "smart" is degreed.  But it helps.  The economic disparity you mention is simply part of the system that oligarchs and "the rulling class" have put into place to keep education...intellectual thought...away from the masses.  If Europe can do it...like Universal Healthcare, then why can't we.

    We should make it easy

    •  Fully half the population ... (0+ / 0-)

      lacks the intellectual ability to even get a degree.  Why waste billions of dollars and gain nothing?

      "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

      by Neuroptimalian on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 10:13:34 PM PST

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  •  Brains are a natural resource to be cultivated (1+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM

    People who don't have an extractive / exploitive resource at their disposal have few options.

    You can work harder ( China!!! ) or smarter ( Japan!!! ).

    For a fraction of the cost of our war budget, we can have workers that are equal to or better than any others in the world.

    Now let's factor in the social benefit of education...

    It really is a huge win!


    The Fail will continue until actual torches and pitchforks are set in motion. - Pangolin@kunstler.com

    by No one gets out alive on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 04:55:11 AM PST

    •  Political Capital Expense (2+ / 0-)

      I believe it is a huge win as well.  The trick of course is whether or not the Administration, presently occupied with "financial tax reform", is willing to go that route.  4 years is a long time.  However, within the scheme of political time its a blip.  But its a blip that can contain a massive generational impact.  Time is of the essence.

      So one can do small things which I suppose can make a difference, like avoiding the fiscal cliff.  That's not going to uniformly alter American society for everyone more than likely (it will for the money class for sure).  However, a simple extending of the existing Public Education policy towards a college degree will diametrically transform our society with regards to income disparity, racial/ethnic/gender opportunity (I'm African American so Lord knows its needed in my community), family structure (all variants), technological innovation, and cultural dynamism.

      As a teacher I can understand the fascination with educational reform for charter-public initiatives.  But to me that's really just shifting the cards around on the same table.  My late mentor (a staunch Socialist), like Colin Powell (yeah I know), were, beneficiaries of free public college education (CUNY was FREE during those heady times of the 1960's).  Look at it this way; there's not as much incentive for a kid to cut class and drop out if he/she knows college is waiting for them as a RIGHT.

      Lasting reform means making it AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE...if they want it.  The President has already shown he's wiling to do BIG Social Engineering projects that will make an impact. I say go for it!  

      •  I'd like GED to be available to all (0+ / 0-)

        Imagine if GED classes were also free and available to all.  Nights, weekends, whatever is needed.

        Come back any time.  Get ahead.  No money, no judgement - just help and encouragement.


        The Fail will continue until actual torches and pitchforks are set in motion. - Pangolin@kunstler.com

        by No one gets out alive on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 08:58:09 AM PST

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  •  Saw an amazing segment on the Melissa Hart Perry (2+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM, alain2112

    show yesterday regarding a program where prisoners can attain a 4-year college degree--costing the taxpayers $35,000 ONCE instead of the $54,000 annually it costs to warehouse them year after year.  The recividism rate for these educated prisoners once they leave with their degrees is ZERO percent. This is just one example of how education can transform lives, but those kinds of programs are very worrisome to the people who profit by imprisoning people--and the three-strike legislation sends them a steady supply.

    There are all kinds of reasons why education should be accessible and affordable (or free) for all, but those very reasons are why the Dark Side wants to make sure it happens LESS not more.  Remember, an educated populace is a dangerous one.

    If the plutocrats begin the program, we will end it. -- Eugene Debs.

    by livjack on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 06:11:09 AM PST

    •  Great Idea and Incentive (1+ / 0-)
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      FloridaSNMOM

      I imagine that such a program could come about if one gathers all of the education players (public, not for profit, prison, governmental, for profit) to the table and gives them a cut.  I know that's shady.  But one only needs to look at the ACA to see it came about the same way.  I love the beauty of how inside all of that legislation they snuck in the Government Exchanges (pretty close to a Public Option). You'd better believe I'm signing up for Obamacare as soon as its available.  I'm even willing to pay the extra 14 cents for a Papa John's pizza to do it.

      Not a huge stretch to do the same thing.  And with Mitt putting the "Gifts" meme into the cultural and political now would be the time to push Universal Education.  

      I'm a Teacher.  I wonder if anyone from the Administration even bother's to get policy suggestions from this site?

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