Once again, I hear the progressive socialist democrats like Bernie Sanders claim that a free college education should be a right …

"Every person in this country who has the desire and ability should be able to get all the education they need regardless of the income of their family. This is not a radical idea. In Germany, Scandinavia and many other countries, higher education is either free or very inexpensive. We must do the same."
~ Sen. Bernie Sanders

"Fifty years ago, great schools like the University of California and the City University of New York - as well as many state colleges - were tuition free. Today college is unaffordable for many working class families. For the sake of our economy and millions of Americans, we must make higher education more affordable."
~ Sen. Bernie Sanders

"How can the United States be competitive globally if higher education is unaffordable? Germany, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Scotland and Sweden have no tuition for college. Other countries have low tuition. We need the best educated workforce in the world. Instead of spending endless amounts on the military, we need to invest in our young people."
~ Sen. Bernie Sanders

"Student debt is crushing the lives of millions of Americans. How does it happen that we can get a home mortgage or purchase a car with interest rates half of that being paid for student loans? We must make higher education affordable for all. We must substantially lower interest rates on student loans. This must be a national priority."
~ Sen. Bernie Sanders

"We are moving in exactly the wrong direction in higher education. Forty years ago, tuition in some of the great American public universities and colleges was virtually free. Today, the cost is unaffordable for many working class families. Higher education must be a right for all - not just wealthy families."
~ Sen. Bernie Sanders

"We have got to make sure that every qualified American in this country who wants to go to college can go to college -- regardless of income."
~ Sen. Bernie Sanders

"Education should be a right, not a privilege. We need a revolution in the way that the United States funds higher education."
~ Sen. Bernie Sanders

But the sticking point is funding – how to transfer massive amounts of taxpayer funds to the educational industry and the progressives that control them …

What enabled educational institutions to continually increase the cost of education is the very same thing that drove the mortgage meltdown. Offering government-insured loans to every person regardless of their qualifications or actual intent to obtain the education which translates into a real job that could retire their student debts. Greed abounded as schools went far beyond their role as educators, but became profitable research institutions subsidized with government grants, contracts, and other perks and privileges.

There is an answer …

And it does not involve costly brick-and-mortar institutions, over-compensated professors who may earn hundreds of thousands of dollars for few classroom obligations, and textbooks that cost hundreds of dollars but are mostly a re-hash of material that has existed for decades. It is possible to provide low-cost education to almost everyone through the use of technology.

The government already possesses the communications backbone, the servers, and the underlying infrastructure to offer quality courses online. The government already possesses the ability to offer professional-level tests for engineers, doctors, accountants, and other professions.

So it would be a rather simple matter to allow students to proceed at their own pace, test when ready, and obtain a certified quality education on demand – at little or no cost. Certainly not the tens of thousands of dollars charged by today’s educational institutions.

Unfortunately, the progressives will not go along with the program because it disintermediates the political indoctrination of an endless cadre of liberals who are produced by the assembly line of academia. The progressive waffle on-and-on about meeting the needs of “special students” or those with language or learning disabilities. It is not cruel, but realistic, to say, not everybody is prepared for an academic future nor are some students ever going to master even the educational basics. But, there is no need to reduce our educational process to the lowest common denominator while pointing to being able to compete in a global marketplace.

Already, we find that some colleges are actively penalizing Asian-Americans in the admission process merely because they are disproportionately high achievers. And according to the progressive socialist democrats, it would be a tragedy if there was no slot for the academically-challenged minority student who is likely to drop out anyway.

Proof it can be done …


“The idea is simple: to publish all of our course materials online and make them widely available to everyone.” ~ Dick K.P. Yue, Professor, MIT School of Engineering 

Unlocking Knowledge: MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.

Empowering Minds: Through OCW, educators improve courses and curricula, making their schools more effective; students find additional resources to help them succeed; and independent learners enrich their lives and use the content to tackle some of our world’s most difficult challenges, including sustainable development, climate change, and cancer eradication.

You cannot find a more prestigious institution than MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) that not only offers free college-level courses but free textbooks and other course materials. Click on the logo above and see for yourself what is offered and what is possible.

Bottom line …

Like many things that progressive socialist democrats demand like free education, affordable housing, clean water, cleaner air, etc., it can be done. But first, you need the political will to disintermediate the progressive socialist democrats who want to control the offering and to curb the appetites of the special interests who profit from these ventures.

In California, we find increasing tuitions at the state’s universities and colleges – many outrageously overpriced, while at the same time the state is actively building a multi-billion dollar high-speed (not even comparable to the Japanese high-speed rail system) railroad to nowhere. A venture that will eventually never pay for itself and represents a life-long sinecure for unionized workers. Turn this money into affordable housing without all of the unionized labor and underhanded deals by politically-connected developers and see what can be done. Recognizing, of course, that there are some who do not want such housing and others that will trash the housing and ruin the program for everyone.

We are so screwed – because that’s the way the politicians want it – and the people are too apathetic to demand better.

-- steve

“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

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