Should Higher Education Be A Right?

985 WordsFeb 21, 20164 Pages
Should higher education be a right in the United States? Yes. Can states afford to fund higher education and can institutions develop cost-effective strategies to assist this process? Yes and yes. Multiple approaches have been offered in the search for increasing access to affordable education. However, methods achieved by various countries and historical precedents have occurred under diverse circumstances and under various funding mechanisms. These strategies do not seem to offer a viable plan for the current economic and political climate of the United States today. However, as pointed out by Rumble (2007) and Meyer (2008), a change of opinion and the introduction of distance education can make this right a reality. Rumble (2007) challenges societal views and presents the idea that taxpayers should be willing to provide the funds to allow each student a chance at an improved life. The concept of performing a service for the good of the whole is a hard pill to swallow for many Americans. The idea of using increased tax dollars to provide education for all may feel to some as a form of socialism. This view is the primary reason the United States does not have free tuition at public colleges and universities. Education expenses are viewed as discretionary among legislatures. Rumble (2007) points out this view has existed in the UK as well, during the 1980s and 1990s, with the idea that higher education is a responsibility of the individual rather than the state. If we are
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