Higher Education

  • 04.15.15

    Senator Bernie Sanders: 'Higher Education Should Be A Right'

    In this video from 2015, Senator Sanders discusses colleges and universities in the U.S. and his idea that college education should be a right. He points to Denmark as a country that has better outcomes than the United States where education is a right school from elementary through graduate is free. However, the...

    In this video from 2015, Senator Sanders discusses colleges and universities in the U.S. and his idea that college education should be a right.

    He points to Denmark as a country that has better outcomes than the United States where education is a right school from elementary through graduate is free.

    However, the Senator acknowledges that there are rising costs associated with college education here in the U.S. : "The cost of college has outpaced inflation." He states that while colleges and universities deserve a large part of the blame for those increases, a lot of state governments are withdrawing funding from those public schools which adds to the problem.

    Ultimately, the Senator states that while it is expensive, a more educated public benefits the entire country: "Higher education should be a right for people who have the ability and the desire because that makes our country better."

  • 12.09.14

    $0 Is The Cost Of Making Public Colleges Tuition Free

    This video by Slate looks at the federal government funding for education in the context of purely how much money goes into the college education system (e.g. through pell grants.) It concludes that the amount that the government already spends on higher education, around $70 billion dollars, "more than enough to...

    This video by Slate looks at the federal government funding for education in the context of purely how much money goes into the college education system (e.g. through pell grants.) 

    It concludes that the amount that the government already spends on higher education, around $70 billion dollars, "more than enough to cover the cost of every student at each and every public institution the country."

    The video goes on to look at some of the criticisms of making college education free - for example, it would be funding school for students from high-income families who could afford to pay for college. It even goes on to propose a hybrid system where those students would pay a reasonable amount while lower-income students would pay nothing.

    Ultimately, it challenges the notion that it would cost too much to make college free for all students.