As Andrew Moses delivered his speech regarding reasons for free college tuition in front of classroom filled with journalist students, it was hard to not roll your eyes in disbelief at the points being displayed in an obviously biased speech.
As Moses told stories of friends not making it into their second year of university because of a lack of cash, it was easy to feel sad. It is a cold and harsh reality that paying for college isn’t an easy task for anyone.
But to find a solution to this problem by jumping straight to free education is ill informed, ridiculous and extremely unrealistic.
For one, nothing in life is free. The money being spent now on the education we receive would be shipped back into the form of taxes within minutes of the change. Taxes going up shouldn’t be too huge of a problem but regardless, you are paying for schooling either way in this case—it’s just a matter of doing while filling out taxes or while actually earning a degree.
But secondly, and perhaps most alarming, is the fact that Moses didn’t mention just how badly this would inflate the schooling system. Kids who didn’t want to spend the money to get a degree would now be showing up to college ready to learn. While that sounds fine and dandy, teachers don’t necessarily grow on trees.
The amount of teachers that would need to be brought in to fill these needs would result in a worse education. The amount of students in each class room would increase substantially and teachers would be less informed on the material than ever before.
While I agree that the education cost does need a reform, as it is far too high for something that no longer is a guarantee for a job, doing it by knocking off the price tags is ridiculous and far too severe a jump.
As a Canadian, I keep in contact with many friends of mine who go to more prestigious schools in terms of world rankings than myself but pay nearly half the price. After talking with a friend, he informed me of his $6,000 price tag a year while I am reaching nearly $11,500. Yes, Canadians do pay more in tax money but not as a wide apart as believe by many Americans and that system also includes a health care system for everybody.
Changes will eventually be made to the system to better reflect what we as college students should be paying for a learning experience and future. But don’t ever expect to see a zero beside the money due section on your tuition cheque. It won’t happen.