The Benefits Of Free Collegiate Education

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As current political discourse moves closer to the subject of free collegiate education, it becomes more important to define what measures, if any, should be taken in this direction. Some may advocate merely for free or extremely discounted community college or two-year degrees, while others may argue for full free undergraduate collegiate education. Although, it is obvious that some form of free college must be adopted, on the grounds that it will allow many that would not normally receive a college education to receive one, challenge anti-intellectualism and elitism, and benefit the economy and workforce. For the purposes of this essay, the focus will be on comprehensive free education, that being fully funded public undergraduate education. …show more content…
The wider accessibility of higher education, powerful challenge of anti-intellectualism holistically in American life, and great boon to the economy and workforce in response to a skill and information based economy posed by comprehensive higher education is far too beneficial to oppose, and it is the strong belief of many that it should be implemented. It is important to note some of the other effects of free education, especially in combination with idealized views of the modern necessities of life and citizenship. Such thinkers as Thomas Jefferson envisioned as far back as 1779 a system to push qualified students through higher education in state-funded programs(Evans 3). It is your author’s firm conviction that the ideal citizen is one that is able to skillfully navigate rhetoric and policy, and sees active participation in government and the democratic process as a vital facet of public life. This idea is shared by Evans, with the addition of “the American Dream”(Evans 1). Indeed, it has understood since the 1640s that education is essential for politically active citizens to enjoy full democracy(Evans 2-3). These two goals are impossible to achieve without the help of education and widened understanding of not only the world and our place in it, and will serve to fight not only the blight on the ignorance and lack of critical thinking endemic in our current political system, but bring full enlightenment and responsibility to the people. This is vital on a personal, social, political, and economic

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