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Should higher education be free for everyone? Should higher education be free for everyone?

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It seems to me that too many people take a passive attitude toward "education." These people tend to assume that education is something that happens to you and that without having people and institutions to do this mysterious thing called "educating" they will have to remind in a benighted state of ignorance all their lives. There is nothing to prevent people from educating themselves every day--if they are willing to focus on learning and to forego the mindless chatter and tasteless music that distracts so many of the masses. The modern world offers all kinds of facilities for improving our...

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taangerine | Student

In my opinion, higher education should be free so that those who are not given the chance to go into college due to financial issues ... can. It also open doors for those who want to study beyond and major in other subjects of their liking. 

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atyourservice | Student

It should not be free but aid should be given to those who require it.

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crystaltu001 | Student

Not really because if higher education is free then there will be way too much people in college. College is something for people who worked hard all those years to get to so not just anyone can get into higher education. 

astrosonuthird | Student

Hmm!

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gamer189 | Student

I feel that everyone that wants to go to college should be able to attend college. I would need to do extensive research before making a decsion on should it be free to all.

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destiny07 | Student

yah i agree it is the duty of the government to educate its people. when people is educated the country well be able to benefits of the skills of the people

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jkarock | Student

yes,cetainly YYEEESS!!!!!!

 

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astrosonuthird | Student

Yeah! You are correct #20.

 

 

We need a mechanism to encourage the best and educate the bad. The mechanism need not to be free education or paid education...

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astrosonuthird | Student

Hmm!!

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hadjartahax | Student

I don't think it just be free for ANYONE, i think only for people with a low income. People who don't have that much money, sothat people who can't afford it still can seek knowledge and go school or college.

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astrosonuthird | Student

I think so!

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spearso | Student

While the millions of people struggling to pay off student loans would love to have had free higher education, I am not sure it would be something our country could afford. A program that paid for the education of only the people who graduate would prevent drop-outs from wasting resources. Drop-outs would have the cost of their education turned into loans. This would ensure people who were serious about their education actually start. I like this idea, but it would be so costly for tax payers. 

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yousawinner | Student

I would suggest that higher education must be free for every one. One major reason behind that most of the students are unable to pay their tution fees. While I can understand Government needs to spend a lot of money for that there is certainly a positive outcome by spending money in this sector. When a student finish his study, he can play a vital role in making a strong economy for his nation. Different nations have their own methods to contribute 
in higer study. For example, we can consider the example of Canada. In Canada, students can borrow money from Government for their higher study. Although they have to return a portion of that money when they are in job, they don't need to worry about the tution fees and other expenses during their study. I do think other Governments should follow Canada or take a
positive stand on this issue to make higher education free for their future citizens.

As another post had stated earlier in the discussion, getting free education can make people take it for granted and there are some people who may not even perform accordingly in the institutions, hence waste state funds since every Jack and Jill, including the non-deserving, will be able to proceed to higher educational levels. This is why every government has sponsorship programs; funding for students who may not be able to pay for all fees regarding their education. Education institutions also have scholarships that benefit students with great potential in their studies.

In a nutshell, I disagree with free education for all. It instead should be awarded to students who rightfully deserve it, those who will actually learn and adopt the skills taught to them and use to them to shape the country.

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newuser | Student

I would suggest that higher education must be free for every one. One major reason behind that most of the students are unable to pay their tution fees. While I can understand Government needs to spend a lot of money for that there is certainly a positive outcome by spending money in this sector. When a student finish his study, he can play a vital role in making a strong economy for his nation. Different nations have their own methods to contribute 
in higer study. For example, we can consider the example of Canada. In Canada, students can borrow money from Government for their higher study. Although they have to return a portion of that money when they are in job, they don't need to worry about the tution fees and other expenses during their study. I do think other Governments should follow Canada or take a
positive stand on this issue to make higher education free for their future citizens.

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francy17 | Student

Agreeing with the above statements except for speamerfam's I don't think higher education should be free, but I don't think youths should be forced to do anything. (bedpans that's sick) Besides we usually don't respond well under forced labour. How does this sound … I’m doing this because I want to do this for my country.  Or, I’m just doing this because I want free education. And I think it is wrong to conclude that teens are not ready for collage. Some of us work extremely hard to get good marks to gain our scholarships.

Okay now back on topic...there is the fact that not everyone needs higher education. Also when people pay for something they are more likely to be committed to it. If people didn't have to pay for secondary education there would be no guarantee of anyone showing up for classes.

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