The Benefits Of Public Education

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The ubiquitous nature of public schools in modern America can make it hard to fathom that it took over a hundred years from our nation’s founding for the federal government to understand the importance of funding an adequate system for public education. Currently, in the United States, a portion of the taxes collected by federal and local governments is allocated to the free education every child between the ages of five and eighteen. The current laws that only require education to be free to students until the end of secondary (high) school, were written based on outdated standards. Decades ago, when most federal laws regarding the funding of public education were written, the average adult only needed a high school diploma in order to have …show more content…
Today, any American student who wishes to obtain education beyond high school, but does not receive one of a limited amount of scholarships, must apply for private or government student loans in order to finance their additional education. Even with loans, millions of Americans who have the mental ability and desire to achieve higher education, cannot afford to do so. Of the students who do fund their post-secondary education with loans, the vast majority are saddled with such an enormous amount of debt the financial benefits of receiving additional education are deferred by decades, if they are seen at all. An alternative to the increasingly more expensive cost of post-secondary education to individual citizens, is to have publically-funded education extended to include trade schools and college. Countries that have already seen benefits from extending their publicly funded education in this matter include; France, Germany, Norway and …show more content…
Contrary to popular belief, most great inventions and advances in technology that begin in the United States, are born from public-private joint ventures rather that solely private enterprises. Examples of technologies born from public-private ventures include GPS services, the iPhone, and GMO hybrid crops (Borofsky). The influx of new students, who can now afford to attend college that previous could not, will also be an influx of unique perspectives and talents. Currently, many employers are also unable to find enough well-trained and educated Americans in areas such as engineering, chemical engineering, mathematics and physics to meet their employment requirements. This means they must hire internationally and go through the hassle of supplying their employees with H-1B visas so they can work legally in the United States. Removing financial barriers that prevent many American students from furthering their education would reduce their unemployment and provide opportunities for employers to hire within the United

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