How can we push aside Americans because they don’t have the upper-level degrees while we import well-educated individuals? (often from wiser third-world countries)
Why do we push aside our own uneducated American citizens while we send the biggest investment in jobs to other countries because they have more college educated people?
Today America’s poverty is not so much of poverty of dollars but instead it is a poverty of insight. Excluding the poor from upper-level college education is killing our country.
We are using an old formula to fix problems of today.
The rich vs. poor polarization model that our founding fathers set up no longer works under the global knowledge economy. Limiting access to education in order to limit access to power no longer works. Limiting access to education in order to insure that we have a blue-collar class no longer works in an economy where blue-collar jobs are becoming extinct in American soil. Limiting access to education no longer works in an economy that depends on upper-level knowledge and education. It no longer works in an economy that depends on advanced scientific education and access to advanced complex knowledge.
Equally affordable or even better, fully subsidized upper-level education for all Americans is essential for the success of our country today and tomorrow. Without this essential “fuel” our country will simply fail in today’s knowledge-innovation economy.
We may just need to learn how to transfer the money from spending on wars to spending on our education. (It may well be that the amount that we have spent – and continue to spend – on our recent wars may have easily funded a comprehensive educational system.