Stanford has made a pretty major leap in the economic battle we’ve been fighting for years now. Tuition is free for students whose families earn less than $125,000 a year.
Of course there are a few stipulations, room and board is not free unless that same family make less than $65,000. Students will also be required to contribute a minimum of $5,000 a year from a variety of sources that typically include some form of employment.
This is not the first Ivy League University with scholarship opportunities for students that come from low-middle class families. Princeton, Harvard, and Yale all offer free ride scholarships with similar stipulations to students who’s families don’t make six figure incomes.
Let me reiterate, this is NOT a new program.
Let’s take a look at this statement from the article listed above though —
“in January, President Obama proposed a plan that would cover tuition costs for all high school graduates who enroll full-time or half-time in community colleges with occupational training or credit toward a four-year degree and maintain a 2.5 GPA.”
Every individual is absolutely afforded the right to a quality education, every child should have the opportunity to make something of themselves regardless of their parents economic stature. These are statements that I stand behind steadfastly.
On the flip side, every individual should be responsible for working hard and moving beyond whatever environment they don’t find satisfying. This is not the culture we’ve created though. The American culture as a whole is no longer “work hard and reap the benefits”. The culture I see on a daily basis is “my parents didn’t have money, I don’t have money and it’s not my fault, so give me money.”
A 2.5 GPA is what our current president is proposing to obtain a free ride to a government funded college. Does anybody else know what kind of student maintains a 2.5 GPA? I do. It’s not a smart one. But let’s take a step back and recognize what kind of environment our children are in that result in a 2.5 GPA.
My brilliant third grade child who has never struggled with any educational topic is now struggling with the new Common Core math concepts. After spending quite a bit of time looking at Common Core and where it stemmed from, I realized that it came from a president several years back and his “No child left behind” program.
It’s all crap. Republican and Democrat. They’re full of crap.
Every child learns differently. Every child IS different! There are children that are incredibly intelligent and there are children that struggle. Lumping them into the same category and forcing one to learn at a lower level to satisfy the needs of a child that is struggling is the reason we have lowered our expectations to a 2.5 GPA to obtain a free college education.
I have four children and they all learn differently. They range from being excellent students that come to knowledge as easily as a dog comes to water, and I have one that requires an Individualized Education Plan with a team that works one on one with him, sets goals for him, and helps him reach those goals week after week. I would never expect the other three children to limit themselves and learn less so that one child can feel like he’s not below average. The fact is that my below average child is above average in his own way. He has areas that he excels in that we never expected him to, but he has. He reads at a level that I didn’t expect halfway through kindergarten. He understands numbers and can count higher than they expected him to by the end of kindergarten. Just because there are areas for him to improve doesn’t mean he’s stupid, far from it in fact. He just learns differently and there are some things that don’t come as easily for him like they do for the other three.
Among my other three I have one that isn’t a great fan of math, and he used to struggle with writing his letters. But he has an incredible imagination so when his teachers discovered that imagination and the world he had created inside his head, they used that to get stories written out for them. I have a sweet girl that loves to sing, loves to read, loves virtually every aspect of school but doesn’t quite know all her numbers and letters. Her teacher has incorporated dance and song to teach those numbers and letters. I have another amazing young lady that is striving to become a scientist, a disc jockey, a sales person, and a writer. She wants to do it all. She’s been doing it all but has now hit a roadblock and it’s causing all kinds of self inflicted fears about her intelligence. I know she’s smart, and she knows too, but because of a “state mandated” curriculum, she’s questioning herself.
This system that I know for a fact can give an individual education to every student within their walls is being forced into a general education for all. Unfortunately, this could and, unless it’s stopped, will become an acceptance of a 2.5 GPA as a prerequisite for free college. And what will free college provide?
Not a damn thing.
Except maybe a civil war.
Make no mistake, if we continue building a culture of “I deserve” instead of “I can earn”, the result will be an uprising between the population that have worked hard, earned the grades, set precedence, and have become the accomplished 1 percent and the population that decided that the world owed them something.
I love the fact that private, ivy league universities have set the bar high but not so high that it is unattainable. People that do not live with an entitlement chain around their neck will work hard and achieve an above average education because of that hard work. It’s possible, right this second. They can and will go on to be part of the successful 1 percent. My special needs child could easily be in the 1 percent, and so can any other special needs child. They just need to learn as an individual. Not as a special needs child lumped into a group of other special needs children.
But the idea to make every college free for students that don’t strive to be the best will be the destruction of America. We’re already 17 trillion dollars in debt thanks to programs that give low to middle class citizens free everything. The problem with free is that it’s never free. Even the 21 billion that Stanford has sitting waiting for students to take advantage of came from someone. Fortunately, none of that 21 billion came from my paycheck because I am a middle class citizen trying to provide for my family. I will not be able to say the same if Obama’s education bill passes. My tax dollars will go towards a 2.5 GPA students college education and I will not be given the peace of mind that the child that receives that education will actually use it to benefit his or her life. Could they use that education to be a productive member of society? Absolutely. I will acknowledge that the possibility is there. Am I more confident in an exclusive, private, ivy league university that holds their students to a higher standard? Uh, yeah. Why wouldn’t I?
This upcoming election is a big deal. Please, for the love of all things, do not be fooled into believing that free education is a solution. It’s not. It could be, but currently with a society that believes they are owed something instead of believing they could create something, free education across the board will only lead to more debt, and a greater unrest between the 1 percent and the rest of us.
America can be the land of opportunity again. There can be an American dream again. The first step is to stop giving our country away to the entitlement class.