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Clay Bennett for May 20, 2016

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    joshua.giffen  about 5 years ago

    Yeah, night school… good luck finding the courses you need there for the field you want to work in.

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    hippogriff  about 5 years ago

    Or, get a job and a half or three-quarter load. It will take longer, but far less (if any) student debt.

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    Mr. Blawt  about 5 years ago

    You don’t need to feel anything. Education costs are out of control, jobs are scarce and our country is not number one in things like science, math, health-care. If we educate our population, we can make things better. This isn’t a feely issue, it is one of National security and pride. Education should be a right, we deserve better.

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    JBBLAW  about 5 years ago

    “Work one year and go to school one year” won’t work. You start losing credits if you don’t graduate in 6 years. If they have no bread, let them eat cake.

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    ducman123  about 5 years ago

    As someone that works in higher education and the funding of that education, it is very difficult for a low income to mid-income family to pay for their education without taking loans. At the University I work for we have a program in place for famlies at or below the poverty line we award a grnt to cover the students full tuition. Most schools need to have this type of program inplace because it ends up lower the loan debt for the most needy. I do agree college tuition cost has gotten out of hand and it needs to be brought to a level where it is reasonable and more affordable.

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    nomomaniacs  about 5 years ago

    You are all missing the point here. This country needs educated people and we are students charging too much for it. Colleges and universities are profit mills and meanwhile we are importing people from overseas to fill our high-paying jobs because people here can’t afford an education. It’s in everyone’s interest to do what many advanced countries are now doing. Make higher education free or nearly free and fill those jobs with Americans.

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    cdward  about 5 years ago

    This isn’t the 70s. You can work full time, go to school part time for a decade and still owe huge debt.

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    Dtroutma  about 5 years ago

    We need to help with tuition assistance, and reducing the interests and penalties put on student loans, for a start. Well-educated folks are the ones who will end up paying more back in taxes.

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    twclix Premium Member about 5 years ago

    Well, one reason higher education doesn’t get funded well could have to do with the right wing suspicion of those they believe are “over-educated eggheads.” The New York Times ran an interesting article on this last Sunday:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/15/opinion/why-are-the-highly-educated-so-liberal.html?_r=0

    It seems that the more education you have the more “leftist” are your political vales. Perhaps this is because the highly educated tend to value their cerebral frontal cortex and its ability to process information using the executive function, as opposed to using the more primitive processes mediated through other brain systems (amygdala, hippocampus, hypothalamus, or even thoracic signals to the brain up through the vagus nerve, among other pathways).

    Regardless of why, the facts show more education leads to more liberals. Makes sense to me. Interesting, though, right?

    One other interesting observation. Regardless of political persuasion, would many students or their parents voluntarily forego a Harvard or Princeton education? I don’t think so. Some of this is the snobbery and tribalism of the elites in our country. But there’s still no doubt that these bastions of liberal tradition are highly attractive to most Americans. We celebrate these schools for, among other virtues, their “liberal arts.” Their political leanings should not surprise anyone. What a strange breed of people we Americans are.

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    Zuhlamon Premium Member about 5 years ago

    So why does the government make student loans available, but by law, they have to give it to banks for lending. If the loan results in default (for whatever reason), it’s the government’s liability..So it’s a win-win type of deal for Republican donors – the banks reap profit with none of the risk, and it’s the students who are stuck with the debt because of usurious interest rates..Democrats want to lend directly to the students (at a much lower rate), rather than pay for a middleman. But no, sayeth Republicans, because the job can be done more betterer in the private sector, and they don’t like “big government”.

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