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Why can't we have free college education in the United States?
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There are many countries that offer higher education at no cost to the public.
While nothing is free, in these countries, the taxpayers picks up the tab. Of course, this could only occur if the majority of the leaders of those countries place a very high value on the education of their citizens.
So, because the cost of a college degree is so high here in the United States, does that mean that most American leaders and/or Citizens don't place a high value on the general education of their citizens?
How do those countries who offer free college education view us as a democratic nation? Do they think we are just a silly bunch of wealth seeking individuals with a strong military posture and an ample supply of Nuclear missiles? Why should we charge citizens for a college education in the United States?
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US teen invents advanced cancer test using Google
The article above demonstrates that online education is possible and great advancements can be made by ordinary people using current communication technologies.
College, which is so costly today, may not necessarily be the avenue that people will use in the future to obtain an education. Even today, 4 years spent at a typical college to gain a simple BA or MA education is completely unnecessary, because such education is freely available online.
What we can't get online is the actual diploma that comes with attending an undergraduate college. But, there are some places on line where money can buy such a diploma.
The young man mentioned in the article above developed a test to screen people for certain types of cancer, including lung cancer that is just as simple to apply as a home pregnancy test. For a few dollars a year, an individual can test themselves for cancer daily. He state he could not have accomplished this feat without Goggling the Web for the information he needed to develop the test.
Today, common people with intense interest in such things as Genetic Engineering, are creating their own home labs and doing viable research in a field, usually consider the domain of PhD's with huge corporate funding.
in Mechio Kaku's video (above) about technology in the next 20 years, he states and implies, tools are being developed today that will make research so cheap, everyone could have a home laboratory. "Your toilet will tell you if you have a tumor in your body". Computers will be so cheap you can weave them into the fabric of your window curtains, clothing and wall paper.
I have learned from this discussion that education is free and in most democratic countries, freely available to the public but, a piece of paper which verifies this fact can cost a lot of money.