Removing tuition hurdle allows everyone to move higher

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  • redshirt007 tranquility base, 00
    Oct. 2, 2013 1:05 p.m.

    The irony is that you CAN take classes for top 10 universities for free on coursera dot you know but you just can't get any credit for your knowlege.

    The cost of distributing say a calculus course by the internet is so low, Stanford doesn't charge a penny for it's Coursera course.

    So why do we allow this? Why are credentials more important than knowledge? Fix that and our education problems are solved.

  • Thinkin\' Man Rexburg, ID
    Sept. 29, 2013 1:03 p.m.

    So what would the author propose to cut out of present government spending to pay for college education? That's the most revealing question to answer. I have lots of ideas.

  • RWSmith6 Providence, UT
    Sept. 29, 2013 11:08 a.m.

    Back in the late 1950's and early 1960's, my first two years of undergraduate work at Hunter College of the City University of New York were tuition free AND books were free on loan from a central repository. Things changed gradually after those two years, some tuition charges assessed and books no longer free on loan. The system I was admitted under was, of course, unsustainable. No state or populous metropolis is in a long-term position fiscally to underwrite "free" higher education. Nationally, though?

    We're just now beginning to see the reduced outcomes nationally of reliance on states for the main funding of public education, K-12. Not all states are created equal, and the differences between them in public education have become VERY evident. International assessments of educational outcomes show the U.S. declining rapidly in numerous areas, the main drivers of the decline states which have not been able to produce the results richer states like Massachusetts have. National effort in funding and long-term planning is behind the success stories in increasing numbers of countries. It works K-12. It can at higher levels as well.

    Real commitment to education can work.

  • Winglish Lehi, UT
    Sept. 29, 2013 8:32 a.m.

    Georgia gives free tuition to high school graduates who maintain a "B" average. The program is paid for with lottery dollars, not taxes. I wonder what innovative educational improvements we could make with our lottery earnings? Oh, wait...

  • redshirt007 tranquility base, 00
    Sept. 29, 2013 8:20 a.m.

    It's a nice dream, but it won't happen in the US anytime soon. We can't even seem to agree on any other much more pressing ideas. Moot point.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Sept. 29, 2013 6:45 a.m.

    I can only see how much tuition has increased when the government wanted and started to help. You can lead a kid to collage but you can't make them think.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Sept. 29, 2013 2:26 a.m.

    Re: "State universities and community colleges should offer free tuition to all students . . . ."

    Yeah, and states should also offer "free" license plates, and "free" health care, and cities should offer "free" electricity and utilities, and the federal government should offer "free" lifetime passes to all national parks, and "free" tax rebates, and . . . .

    It's sad to see such self-serving silliness offered as valid American public policy.

    There is no such thing a free lunch. Real people know this. It's high time political and academic theorists learned some of the basic truths of life and living that they've so assiduously insulated themselves from for so long.