One idea that has been proposed in the past is the idea of free college tuition for all citizens of the United States. That is a magnificent idea, but how could we possible pay for it? One suggestion would be to impose a mandatory 2 year commitment in some sort of service area (military, disaster relief, public area maintenance), in exchange for four free years of tuition at any public university or college. A certain number of hours would have to be completed working in that service, in order for the tuition to be waived. Employees would be replaced with volunteers, and money saved on wages would be put in a trust for education. Essentially, the prospective student would be receiving pay in the form of free tuition, and real world experience that is also an integral part of a valuable education. The pro to this argument is that we are providing work experience to young people while earning money for college, which might develop into a career in those areas of need. The con side of this argument is that we would be taking paying jobs from people in these service areas, and replacing them with inexperienced workers therefore providing a lesser quality of service.
What do you think? We want to hear your comments and suggestions on this topic, because progress cannot be made without great ideas. We believe that education is the foundation to everything in our society, and we must do what we can to ensure that we make quality learning available to all.