Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced today that from now on college education, up to the PhD level, will be free for all U.S. Citizens. According to Duncan:
The United States has become a nation of educational haves and have-nots. Tuition costs skyrocketed while real incomes have remained stagnant. Aid programs based on financial need have continued to decrease. Students borrowed money and then faced unmanageable debt when they finished college. It’s time for this to end.
Higher education should be available to everyone; it should not be limited by financial considerations. This is the basic and simple idea that underlies the Obama administration’s new program. Hey, if it works for Sweden, it can work for us!
Even former Alaska Governor and prominent conservative Sarah Palin endorsed the new program, explaining:
This new program of free college for all will greatly expand college access to Americans. And higher education is the best way to ensure the success of our nation’s future. As the mother of five, I know that it’s time to ensure that higher education is no longer restricted to the liberal elite.
In general I oppose everything Barak Obama says, does, and even thinks, but on this one issue I know it’s time to put politics aside for a minute.