Free College : Salvation Of Our Nation Essay

732 Words Feb 13th, 2016 3 Pages
Free college: salvation of our nation, or a detrimental endeavor with misguided focus? Following Obama’s announcement on September 9th 2015, college tuition has become a new hot topic and opinions are pouring in from many perspectives. Free college is the terminology used to describe a higher education system where students do not pay tuition; other costs of living, transportation, books and materials are not necessarily included in the “free” descriptor.

Michael J. Petrilli, president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, takes a firm stance against free college in his article, ‘Free Tuition is a Needless Windfall for Affluent Voters and State Institutions’. Arguing that the nature of free college simply shifts the financial responsibility from prospective students and their families to tax-payers and the state, he maintains that free college wouldn’t necessarily help those who are the most disadvantaged. Petrilli proposes focusing on K-12 reform so that students potentially entering college are more academically prepared and to stop admitting those who are not so academically prepared, citing the effect of free college – especially of free community college – as such: “—these schools have the worst track record with poor kids, especially those with exceptional academic promise.” .There’s considerable support of this claim, as more selective schools have had better outcomes with underprivileged…

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