I’ll admit Biden’s proposal of free community college for everyone is a good one. It may mean only Associate’s Degrees or Trade Certificates and not Bachelor’s Degrees for all, but an educated populace is better for a country.
As part of a massive new spending package, President Joe Biden is calling on Congress to enact legislation to allow students to enroll in community college at no cost.
The administration’s American Families Plan calls for $109 billion to make two years of community college free for all students in addition to a roughly $85 billion investment in Pell Grants to decrease the reliance on student loans.
Under Biden’s plan, about 5.5 million students would pay no tuition or fees, the White House said.
The average year’s tuition at US community colleges is less than US$5000, With a two year diploma, people could to earn roughly $500-2000 per month more and pay higher taxes over their lifetime. The investment in free college will pay for itself over time.
But, of course, rightwingnuts want no part of that. . .or should I say, they want no one but the wealthy to have any part of it. Fox Nuisance has begun its usual and inevitable propaganda push to make white boomers think they’ll have to pay for everything. Then again, why shouldn’t they? College was cheap when they attended in the 1960s, unlike today.
“Fox & Friends” co-host Ainsley Earhardt has some no-cost advice for supporters of free college for all: Go get a scholarship.
Earhardt on Wednesday mocked the White House’s new spending and tax plan as she discussed it with co-hosts Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy ahead of President Joe Biden’s first speech to a joint session of Congress. Biden’s American Families Plan aims to spend $1.8 trillion over the next decade to reverse income inequality, including free prekindergarten and free community college.
“Think about free college,” Earhardt said. “If your family doesn’t make a lot of money, there’s something called a scholarship. You can apply for that right now. We don’t have to give free college to every single person. … If you’ve worked your tail off to get into the college, then they can give you a scholarship. When you deserve it.”
Those “scholarships” that rightwingnuts call a solution? Academically, they are few and far between. As for sports “scholarships”, athletes rarely receive degrees because they’re not allowed to attend classes, or the ‘degrees’ they get in basketweaving have no value in the real world. “Skip class for practice or you lose your scholarship” is a constant threat.
[The NCAA claims] that it’s doing a great service to all athletes, just because those athletes get degrees. The reality? Simply getting a degree doesn’t necessarily cut it.
The NCAA’s argument ignores the fact that some degrees are worth far more than others. Athletes are routinely clustered into majors that don’t set them up to succeed later in life, mainly because those majors are easy enough for athletes to focus on their sport.
If an athlete majors in interdepartmental studies or general studies, either because that’s all they could handle or the coach tells them to, has the school done that student a service? Is that athlete really going to have a “degree to fall back on” if sports don’t work out, as the NCAA often touts?
The college sports industry will also strongly oppose free education. If your education is guaranteed and you can play as a walk on, you can tell your coach to get stuffed and attend class instead of practice. Young people can and may begin to choose not to put their health at risk because they don’t have to. Sports will become an option, not a requirement.
One person who did get a “scholarship” was football player Geno Hayes. I say was because he died on Wednesday, and football probably killed him.
Geno Hayes, a former NFL linebacker who starred at Florida State, has died. He was 33.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers confirmed his death Tuesday. He had liver disease and had been in hospice care at his parents’ home in Valdosta, Georgia.
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Hayes told ESPN he believes his use of over-the-counter pain medications while in the NFL, as well as his family’s history of liver disease, led to his condition.
He is survived by his parents and two children, ages 8 and 13.
That is what rightwingnuts call an “education solution”?