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Attending College IS a Right. Enrich the person & the future (theirs & ours) via Mandatory 4 yr Higher Ed in the US or Compulsory K - 16

The purpose of education is to provide for the whole child - mind, body and spirit. Yet maturation from child to adult takes longer than we've previously recognized. 18 yrs may be the age of emancipation, but 23 - 25 yrs is when our brains reach maturity.

Now is a time of unpresidented technological enlightenment. A time when boundaries and borders are lifted, virtually and otherwise. We enjoy medical and scientific advancements, extreme activities and ideals to match, diversity and more equality than ever before. Certainly there is much to change yet - and with all our forward movement, there remain many injustices to right, discoveries to be made, theories to prove and even worlds to explore beyond what we know right now.

I propose that we take the steps needed to match this Enlightened Era of Advancments - by fostering what could become a true Renaissance in Education. I believe youth of today should receive the full benefit of a K - 16 compulsary education.

It is wrong to limit potential based upon income. Should people who will ultimately shape our world be told our belief in their potential is up. Expired? at 17?

Yet that is what we are doing. We limit their viability, their potential and waste opportunity for national growth and positive change when we allow the atrophy of educational opportunity based on age, not maturity. We discriminate based on income, penalize middle class families with extraordinary debt.

Instead, Imagine a nation of Renaissance Men & Women; Educated, Active, Aesthetically minded, but for the first time in Western civilization, this balance of person and intellect also carries the torch of Equality, Diversity, Innovation.
Because all they gained they were GIVEN, freely - regardless of race, creed or color, blind to gender or sexual preference or religious affiliation. Without the weight of debt. No longer are the benefits of Higher Education a privilege, but instead a Right. To benefit the individual, & strengthen the nation.


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    Dec 7 2011: In my opinion, this topic has little to do with education, and more to do with the function of capitalism and competition in our education system at the collegiate level.

    You can find quite a bit of compelling discussion relating to this topic here:


    Grants, scholarships, and military service are all viable options for high school graduates to pursue higher education. The motivation to pursue higher education is not limited by income.

    Secondary and primary schools are already expected to 'turn out' students who are actually prepared by measurable means for college, and this happens annually, by the millions, to better success than any other country in the world. This is not only measured by through testing but also through observation of the multitude of students who go directly from high school to 4 year colleges and graduate with degrees in their chosen field.

    We live in a capitalist society yet your proposal is socialist in nature, and now is certainly not the time that our nation needs more socialism. You are correct that funding is a major issue in this concept. The best quality education costs the most- as is the nature with any product. If this wasn't the case than the United States would not be the leading developer of technology, medecine, and innovation worldwide. Socializing collegiate education would destroy the competitive nature that has made our collection of universities the best the world has ever seen.

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