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Oh where to begin? First off let’s make this loud and clear, COLLEGE ISN’T FREE AND SHOULDN’T BE. Get that? Did I need to repeat it? No? Good.

I’ll give you a few reasons why it shouldn’t be and then let you mull them over, since the argument for this is like slamming your head against an obstinate wall that demands free stuff but won’t come up with a reasonable explanation of where it should come from. Here goes:

  1. It wouldn’t be as appreciated.

Admit it, when you’re giving something for free it’s harder to appreciate it as much since you didn’t do anything to earn it. When taken on a broader scale this becomes disastrous since it only increases the air of entitlement that so many people accuse others of possessing at this time. Newsflash: that ‘entitlement’ that a lot of people cry about is called student debt and a lot of people have to fight their way out of it. But they do so because they chose to earn the education they PAID for. By giving free handouts to everyone the education system becomes devalued in a way that makes it fine for those that want to say they went to college, but kind of waters down the overall accomplishment. Honestly, it’d be like instituting a participation award for attempting to make it in college, which would have disastrous results.

2. Competition breeds greatness.

So many people these days want equality but are unwilling to fight or pay for it that one has to wonder if we’re eventually going to overrun by the idea that being competitive is no longer an innate human trait. So long as we all understand that we have the freedom to try and earn our way into college then the competition makes it worth it when we actually get there. College is not bound by the ridiculous No Child Left Behind Act. You have to compete with other students for a better life, you won’t simply be accepted because you WANT to get in. And in all honesty, desire is not enough. You’ve got to work, you’ve got to sweat, and possibly even bleed to get the life you want. I’ll put it in terms some might need in order to understand. If a person wants to be dentist but won’t go through with the needed education, do you want them digging around in your mouth?

3. The lack of qualified staff would be a huge issue.

Think about it, who in the world is going to be teaching this sudden influx of people that just WANT to go to college but haven’t earned it? The average class size would explode and qualified teachers would be in short supply since even in college the number of students per class can only add up to so many before many teachers are overwhelmed. So who’s going to step in, the students? Good luck with that, since if the students are being asked to perform more than what they signed on for the chances are that they’ll want to be paid for their contributions. It makes sense, right?

4. Finally, who in the world is going to pay for all those that want to go to college for free?

The answer that a lot of liberals would give is that the 1 percent should pay of course. Those that supposedly rule the country with their wealth should pay the way of those that simply WANT to get in but can’t due to financial or other issues. Wait though, financial issues? There are scholarships, grants, affirmative action, loans, and other means of paying for college. So if all but the loans are basically free money, why would anyone need to piss and moan about getting an education for free?

Does anyone else feel like screaming in frustration at this point?

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10 Comments

  1. You would love reading some of my articles. One in which I discuss a boy running a lawn mowing business and the trials and trail it leads him down, demonstrates the importance of working towards goals or what you’re interested in doing. The appreciation is in the time spent, the learning that occurs on the job, and the lesson and consequences understood that nothing else can replace. You’re living it. The same goes into a higher education. What efforts did you have to apply? What money did you have to garner? What payments did you have to make? What sacrifices in any society or economy? We see all too many who want something free, but what lessons have they learned in getting those opportunities that they can pass down to the next generation?

    1. And that’s the trick that many haven’t seemed to learn yet, the sacrifice that we have to give in order to actually get what we want. Somehow the message was lost when it came to the current generation of college students that think “free” is a magic word that entitles them to fling it about and affix it to anything they want. The sacrifice that comes with earning things in this life is the hard work that makes it worth it, and folks don’t seem to want to give up anything in order to get something back in return. I fully agree with your statement and thank you for the comment.

      1. The thing here is they’re being taught this with words, what we see on television, and many politicians now driving towards free everything. When I went to college, I only owed about $10,000. That was because I made full use of community college, then got scholarships and other things when I transferred, working for some of the money. There were programs to forgive college loans, but I paid back because I was the one who borrowed. My decision. My responsibility.

      2. That’s exactly it, responsibility. This idea that they can get everything without earning it is the biggest problem of all and it’s created a large number of entitled individuals that have never learned how to actually work for something. I owe quite a bit in student loans at this point but the difference is that once I can I’m going to start paying them off. It might take a while, but it will get done. Responsibility and accountability is what I want my own kids to learn as well. I try to tell people that this world doesn’t owe you anything, it’s obviously a lesson that too many people aren’t getting.

  2. Like many of my fellow writers, friends, and colleagues, we understand that most things are not truly free. We also understand that most people don’t appreciate what they have without the work that goes into obtaining what they want. As teenagers, I remember friends who earned money for their first cars, then took care and constantly looked over their automobiles. The time and effort they took to obtain something they really wanted was reflected in their attention and efforts. It’s pretty much that way with everything in life. We always appreciate more what we have to work hard for. When I finally obtained my degrees, I heard of programs that might forgive my debts, but I chose to pay as I had taken on those debts, for then I would appreciate it more. And I always understand economics, which means that which is free is most often paid for by tax dollars.

    1. I always enjoy when folks actually take responsibility for what they do and what they want. The only trouble is listening to those that claim that they want something but shouldn’t have to pay for it. Someone forgot to teach those folks that nothing in this world is free, no matter how badly we might want it. I do appreciate people that work for what they get though, as it vindicates the hard work that so many of us are going through to pay back the system that gave us so much.

      1. I must admit. At times, I would like to win the lottery, have all my money concerns taken care of, and have the freedom to do and move as I please. But life reminds me I’m better off working for my money, working to help others, and working period. I’ve noticed that when I get something for nothing, I tend to less appreciate. This seems observed in my friends as well. Seems that it’s a fact of life.

      2. It is, but it’s one that too many people seem to have forgotten or never received in the first place.

      3. The thing to do is live your life by principles. Those principles are enduring. They’re real. Then, as our lives work for the better, we demonstrate character through what we do, others see it, and those looking to better themselves may come to change the way they think. That happened with me through those I knew, but partially through experiences. Thankfully, I have been fortunate to see adults, who knew me when they were young, tell me that we (others and myself) had a positive impact on their lives. You might never know, but just living by principle affects those you see.

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