Utopian dreams. Advocates of a free college education for everyone ignore crucial downsides that don’t seem obvious at first, holds Logan Albright in Conservative Review. Funding for such a costly idea could critically bloat national debt. Allowing everyone to go to college free of charge risks sapping students’ incentive to work hard, given that they would no longer be enjoying a rare privilege that should be exploited to its fullest. Willing and ambitious students are the most essential component of a successful college education. Creating the idea that all are entitled to it could rob students of the drive that is needed to excel.
A universally educated populace forms the backbone of a successful nation, argues Bernie Sanders in a 2015 Op-Ed for the Washington Post. One needs only to look at American history to see the benefits, namely the post-WW2 period when over two million veterans got a free education. Plus, unlike today, in 1978, a summer at a minimum wage job was enough to pay for a year at college. These are two such factors that spurred competitiveness and economic productivity, making America the world’s richest country. That the current generation of young Americans risk crippling debt for an education will haunt the country for years.