Thursday December 5, 2013
Our National Educational DilemmaOp-Ed by Glenn Mollette for Salem-News.com
College trustees, administrators and faculty you are being served notice. Start doing your part to be part of America's solution and not a central part of our problem.
(NEWBURGH, Indiana) - Every American must have the opportunity to pursue college or vocational training. We are living in an era during which even previously trained persons need to sharpen their skills or retool for the future.
Too many people are completing their education facing a massive dilemma of debt. Their next dilemma is trying to break into the job market saddled with backbreaking debt.
We must make education within reach of all American citizens. The following will help make college possible for all:
Colleges and all institutions of higher education must work as all businesses to guard against escalating costs.
The government should provide low interest college or vocational loans to students who must borrow money for their education.
Graduates should be given a three-year grace period before the payback begins.
The government should forgive up to 20% of the loan if paid back in 10 years.
Colleges should be encouraged to develop three year college programs which could cut as much as 25% of the cost of education. Everyone who has attended a four-year college knows they had four or five courses along the way they did not need for their degree program. This would also save tremendously on housing, food and fuel costs.
College trustees, administrators and faculty you are being served notice. Start doing your part to be part of America's solution and not a central part of our problem. The people in America do not need another dilemma.
Glenn Mollette is the author of American Issues, Every American Has An Opinion. He is also the author of numerous books and hundreds of articles and stories. He grew up in Martin County, Kentucky where President Lyndon Johnson began his campaign on poverty.
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