Before I start, I want to say that this blog is not political. I am not endorsing or vilifying any presidential candidate in particular. This blog is simply social and economic commentary.
If it appears I’m denigrating a candidate’s policy proposal, so be it. But it’s only one policy and one policy only.
See my head? No Chinese-made Red Cap here.
The Value of Free College
So here’s the rundown: Bernie Sanders wants to make college tuition-free. Meaning room and board will have to be covered either by your parents or your part-time working keister.
If you live off-campus, congratulations, you get to listen to a series of lectures over four months FOR FREE.
Honestly, THIS is the main reason all the 20-somethings are voting for this Sanders guy. They want to go to Free College Land where everything’s just perfect. Where people are throwing gold-plated frisbees and getting laid.
Here’s a Radical Idea…
If you want to go to college, go to college.
Who or what is stopping you? You may be eligible for grants and loans. If you’re not in college right now, could it mean you lack the necessary discipline and/or motivation to go? Hey, I’m not judging.
As someone who’s attention-deficit, I’m the farthest thing from disciplined.
I hate the idea of sitting in a room two days a week to listen to someone give scripted lectures about something I could learn about elsewhere: like…the library, I don’t know.
Do You Really Need It?
I went to college on and off from 2010-2019. Those nine years were the most soul-crushing nine years since Biblical times.
Granted, I wasn’t a full-time college student for nine years straight, but it was the thought that I had to finish it. It was the belief that my life wouldn’t start until I got my Bachelor’s degree. It kept me back a great deal, I’m not even kidding.
College isn’t for everyone, and more people need to understand this. More people need to understand that it’s perfectly okay if you think college is a slog. Because, guess what? It is.
So here comes Mr. Sanders with a helping of free college. His intention is to make overall attendance skyrocket. This, naturally, will lead to more college degrees being issued since it’ll lift the anvil of tuition costs.
Good thing? I don’t think so!
Think of monetary inflation. Overtime, general prices go up because the Federal Reserve is always printing money out of thin air. This devalues the currency in the long run.
One dollar 50 years ago could buy you a steak dinner. Now, it only scores you a can of Coke on markdown.
My point is, increasing the supply of something will individually devalue it.
Value in Rarity
Over a hundred years ago, college degrees were like Lamborghinis: only rich guys had them and they were hardcore prestige.
I’ll submit that the progress made in the following decades was positive. Education has finally been accessible to the common man.
However, how much access is too much access? If you make college available to everyone, what good is it anymore? It doesn’t become much of an accomplishment nor would it warrant bragging rights.
Look, if you graduated college, great. It’s a remarkable thing to be proud of. Thing is, if you push for free college, eventually people will turn their nose up at your achievement. Just trying to save your ego here, buddy.
Free college will naturally push more parents to goad their kids into seeking post-secondary education. It will become socially-mandated to attend at some point.
Do kids really need to go there? Do we really need more college degrees in the population?
Or do we need more people with creativity and the courage to realize said creativity?
College and Creativity
Zuckerberg and Gates both dropped out of Harvard. Colleges cannot foster creativity and innovation, they can only observe and study them.
To all the artists, entertainers, writers, and painters in college right now…all I can ask is, “why”? Isn’t art self-taught?
This country does not need a college-educated populace. Not everybody can get by on the straight and narrow, they have the inherent need to stray from the conventional and innovate. That’s how nations soar and economies boom.
The USSR tried that free college idea decades ago. While their whole population was virtually literate (by their own subjective standards), there was no innovative spirit that was present in the West.
The moment at last came when the people wanted change and the freedom to individually express their ideas without State oppression. The drive is what tore down the Berlin Wall. It’s what finally brought down the Soviet Union.
Press that beach ball down in the water, eventually it’ll come rising up again. Such is the nature of human expression and creativity.
So, to Senator Sanders and his “free college” clusterf**k…
Thanks, but we don’t need it, pal.