Originally Posted by Cylon Baby
I agree but with some reservations. My parents paid for my undegrad degree, and looking back I think that was a mistake. Had I had to make those tuition payments myself, or even just my housing, I'd have been a damn sight more responsible and would have learned some basic skills in budgeting. When i went back to school for my MA, I paid for everything, and it made me focus on my studies, take my work seriously, and work my ass off in shitty jobs to get that degree. Result? a 4.0 GPA and 18 months unemployment once I got my degree! (that was my decision making and graduating into a shit economy though).
So I think that yes, A BA should be very affordable but there should be strict guidelines for staying in school (no jackoffs coasting through classes. Yes I mean like me). It's important to give kids a basic understanding of a core curriculum to make them citizens. Of course, I also think a lot of that education should already have taken place in High School, which IS free....
I certainly think you have a point - in college, to quote Jeff Daniels, I basically "majored in beer."
But I think that may have less to do with having to pay necessarily than realizing you have to max out opportunities that you are given - let's face it, how many people here really pushed the envelope in high school, which if you're at any halfway-decent one, you can act in plays, learn to play an instrument, get free singing lessons, learn to fix cars, learn a language, etc etc. It isn't because it was FREE so much as it was because you were a head-up-your ass 20 yr old punk (as was I, not throwing stones here).
Most people who have anywhere near the means or ability generally go to college because that's just what you do. I think maybe there should be compulsory service of some sort (military, forest service, peace corps - basically, whatever floats your boat and gets a person off their sedentary middle/upper class ass and out into the world) to even attend college - but once you complete the service, college is "free." Or, in other words, you have to "earn" your free education, no matter who you are.