Originally posted by anmolsethy
Originally posted by Erin Billy
53. "College and university education should be free for all students, fully financed by the government."
Finally found a esaay for which i am the first one to reply
I THINK THIS IS THE BEST OF YOURS I'VE READ -- ALL QUITE CLEAR, WELL EXPRESSED, GOOD EXAMPLES, FLOWS WELL. I DON'T THINK IT'S VERBOSE, BUT HOW LONG DID IT TAKE TO WRITE? MY ONE SUGGESTION IS TO STATE YOUR POSITION UP FRONT -- FOR, AGAINST, A LITTLE OF BOTH. YOU DO A GOOD JOB OF COUNTERING THE OPPOSING VIEW -- I CAN LEARN FROM THAT.
Financing of the college and university education has been a issue of hot debate for quite sometime. People on both side of the issue have put arguments and counter-arguments. Lets take both sides of the issue one by one.
A free for all education would give all the students a equal chance to pursue higher studies , independent of their economic background and enabling merit to become the sole criteria.The problem with fully self-financed education is that it makes education a object lying in a shop for buying. Only, those people who have the money can study further then school and as a result merit takes a back seat.
One shortcoming of free education might be that it puts a lot of burden on govt.(government) resources. But this can be easily countered by increasing the taxes. This will prove to be better for both the govt.and the citizens. For the govt., it will be able to generate more resources and for the citizens it will have numerous advantages.
Some might not like to pay this extra tax. But they need to understand that its advantageous in many ways.Firstly,It wont put a sudden big burden on the family's economy as a relatively small amount of money
would be deducted every month as compared to huge fees annually. Secondly,When there own children come to university they wont need to pay the fees.Thirdly, They will be helping in the nation building. After all it is the college and university students who form the next generation of politicians, researchers, economists etc.And more is their merit, better is the chance of netion's prospering.
Another claim that sometimes is raised is that a free education cuffs that hands of universities to generate money for their self-maintenance and infrastructural development. But these funds can be generated through taking industrial projects and researches. Also this would force universities to make use of their Alumni. And, besides government would itself be providing with sufficient funds.
And it's not just the factor of merit that gets more importance by free education. Free education also helps in reducing economic disparity in the society. Because it gives poor students a chance to get a better job then otherwise they would have got.
Also, indirectly regional disparity would decrease. Per-capita-income of some states remains quite low that the national average. As a result, educational institutes there arent able to perform at par with institutes of richer states.This is because,They can't ask for huge fees. They just wont be able to get it. A example of this is the state of Bihar in India.It has the lowest per-capita-income in the nation and the institues here just dont have the money for infrastructural maintenance, paying the faculty. As a result ,brilliant students from this state have to go to cities like Delhi or Bombay(which are amongst the richest cities in the country) to get a good education.If all education become free, then these institutes of poor states will be somewhat able to come at par with the other institutes because of equal and increased amount of funding.
Germany and Sweeden are amongst the best examples of free education. These countries are today on the forefront of research and development.A counter example to this might be picked up like US. BUt in case of US we need to realise that the government does provide some funding and 50% of its post-graduate population and 25% of the research population comes from the poorer Asian countries where the standard of higher education is not that good. As a result of which the best brains of these countries are forced to study and work in US.
After considering all these various parameters I support the proponents claim that university and college education should indeed be funded by the government. This helps in building a more capable future generation for the nation and also assists in eliminating social and economic disparities in the population.
I think the essay is needlessly verbose.