Should college be a right?

<p>Wouldn't it be nice if everyone had the chance to go to college without having to endure crippling debt in the process. I think college should be a right for each and everyone of us.</p>

<p>A lot of people can "go to college without having to endure crippling debt in the process." Maybe not their number one college, but college.</p>

<p>But isn't it society's responsibility to make it a right</p>

<p>I do believe college is ridiculously expensive and that it should be made more affordable for a lot of people.</p>

<p>I do not believe college is a right. College is a major privilege and opportunity. Saying college is a right is equating it with the 13th grade. I don't think anyone should have the right to attend any college they want to. That would diminish the selectivity of many fine institutions if someone who would have been rejected could just walk in and say, "I have a right to be here." There's a reason people get rejected. It probably wouldn't have been the right fit for them anyway. If a mediocre student had the right to attend any college, and he walked into a college that was too challenging, who would that help? It certainly wouldn't help the mediocre student who is now struggling to pass and may not be successful in life. It also wouldn't help the qualified student who could've been in that class and benefitted from it, but now he can't because of that student. </p>

<p>I think stating that college is a right will increase the sense of entitlement that a lot of students already have. They won't appreciate their education or take advantage of every opportunity presented to them.</p>

<p>Everyone has a right to education. How they get that education is another story.</p>

<p>I do not think that college should be automatic, if that is what you mean. College is something that you should want, and work for. Any career should be that. And college is accessible to anyone. Financial aid at community college is really good!</p>

<p>Of course, if college were to be free, or even just a lot cheaper, someone would have to pay for it. In France, public colleges are free for all students, but the income tax is somewhere around 50%. I think it's a good system, but France is a lot more socialist than America is. I doubt many people would be happy if we did something like that.</p>

<p>But why shouldn't it be a right?</p>

<p>Isn't high school education a right?</p>

<p>And isn't college an EXTENSION of that education?</p>

<p>Why shouldn't it be a right? No matter how simple or advanced, as a whole education is education. We should look at it from a holistic perspective.</p>

<p>^My point exactly. The reality is you can't get anywhere in life nowadays without a degree.</p>

<p>And grammar94, i dont mean ppl would be able to say "i have a right to go to stanford". I mean that if you get into stanford or any other school, your tab will be paid for by society.</p>

<p>It would be nice to be able to go to whatever school you got into without financial worry. It would also be nice if everyone had healthcare without financial worry. But as Pyro stated, that would be a socialist behvior that is not common here.</p>

<p>^ He's right.</p>

<p>People just don't become doctors anymore for the sake of helping people (well, atleast some of them don't)</p>

<p>Yea, college should be a constitutional right. Add it to the bill of rights. Along with food, water, medicine, shelter, a job, an internet connection, computers, TVs, gasoline, a car, and everything else people want. The Chinese can pay for it.</p>

<p>^ If we had more educated folk, we wouldn't have to have China as our Sugar Daddy.</p>

<p>madogmgd: +1</p>

<p>College shouldnt be a "right", but the cost of tuition is definitely something to look at. My teacher oce said that college tuition was "the biggest scam in America". Literally everything is overpriced. They even change the books every semester just so you cant borrow and old one.</p>

<p>^ I've heard of that</p>

<p>Many of the so-called "New editions," of textbooks really don't differ at all.</p>

<p>I mean, come on. How many subjects really go through radical changes every so often.</p>

<p>"^My point exactly. The reality is you can't get anywhere in life nowadays without a degree."</p>

<p>So give everyone a degree?</p>

<p>Then you would just need an even higher degree. Grad school should be a right!</p>

<p>^ Most people need a degree to get a decent job.</p>

<p>College isn't something that you're entitled to. It's a privilege that you work for. And I, as a member of society, wouln't really want to pay for anyone else's tuition. That sounds really bad but it's just honestly how I feel.</p>

<p>College isn't for everyone and nobody is entitled to it.</p>

<p>but people that want to go should be able to without breaking th bank. We have a near monopoly of the best schools in the world and so many us our own can't even attend because of cost. Soon enough all of our top schools with be majority internationals who use their degrees to help their own countries surpass the US in every subject possible.</p>

<p>That's exactly how I feel, dreamer2012.</p>

<p>^Dreamer</p>

<p>But you DO pay for some tuition. Taxpayer funding goes to public colleges to subsidize part of tuition costs, but taxpayers would never go for completely funding colleges. It's hard enough to get funding for public schools. </p>

<p>And plus, your money goes to far worse things.</p>

<p>Coughs Casey Anthony's defense was paid with the taxpayer's money coughs</p>

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