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An academic's opinions on feminism, politics, literature, philosophy, teaching, academia, and a lot more.

Accessible Higher Ed

I hate it when people shit on the idea of accessible higher ed and do it in such unimaginative, dumb way:

But in 2016 Bernie Sanders made a big splash on the campaign trail with a plan to make college “free.” So Cuomo proposed and on Wednesday signed legislation to make tuition free at New York public colleges for anybody coming from a family making no more than $100,000 a year. . .

First, the law is regressive. It does nothing to help students from families earning less than $50,000 a year. Their tuition is already covered by other programs.

Second, it doesn’t make a dent in reducing the nontuition fees, like living expenses, textbooks and travel.

The law doesn’t end world hunger and put a stop to the war in Syria, so it must be horrible.

I hate this kind of idiotic argument.

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5 thoughts on “Accessible Higher Ed

  1. Totally agree. One can’t expect life on a platter, but this makes the burden vastly easier and means a lot of students won’t carry an absurd burden of student loans for years. Don’t forget that San Francisco has done the same for their community colleges. (I had heard but have not verified that Kansas does this as well.)

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    • Our local community colleges are doing a fantastic job. We get transfer students from there, and I’m always very impressed. It would be amazing if they could be free.

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  2. I already have a sizeable student loan debt. But I’m also living at home, and if I qualify (and I think you also have to be picked for it), I’m taking it. It doesn’t get rid of all my expenses, but it’s infinitely better than coming up with money I don’t have.

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  3. adrianaurelien on said:

    You never get exactly what you want in politics. People should try to enjoy moves in the right direction.

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