AMERIKA: College Was Once Free and For the Public Good—What Happened?

Students didn’t have to worry about tuition and debt until higher education became more about personal gain than contributing to society.



“…In 1927, John D. Rockefeller began campaigning for charging students the full cost it took to educate them. Further, he suggested that students could shoulder such costs through student loans”:

College Was Once Free and For the Public Good—What Happened? – By 

Students didn’t have to worry about tuition and debt until higher education became more about personal gain than contributing to society.

The promise of free college education helped propel Bernie Sanders’ 2016 bid for the Democratic nomination to national prominence. It reverberated during the confirmation hearings for Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, and Sanders continues to push the issue.

The increase in student loan debt should come as no surprise given the increasing cost of college.

In conversations among politicians, college administrators, educators, parents and students, college affordability seems to be seen as a purely financial issue—it’s…

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5 thoughts on “AMERIKA: College Was Once Free and For the Public Good—What Happened?

  1. Totalitarian fascism. It is here. Maybe here to stay

    From Paul Street article on Trump
    “There have been many tyranny tests under the monstrous orange-tinted white nationalist Twitter clown Donald Trump. Where to begin:

    + The opening day trip to CIA headquarters, where he half-jokingly rambled about the US going back to Iraq to “get the oil”?

    + The repeated attempts to repeal even Obama’s inadequate health insurance measure and thereby remove tens of millions of U.S. citizens from health coverage?

    + The insane claim to have won the popular vote but for the votes of illegal immigrants?

    + The idiotic call for a southern border wall combined with the asinine call for Mexico to “pay for it”?

    + The noxious description of Mexican and other Central American immigrants and asylum-seekers as rapists and murderers?

    + The praise and dog-whistling cover he offered to murderous fascist racists in Charlottesville in the summer of 2017?

    + The giant tax cut that the racist real estate mogul trailblazed for the already obscenely super-opulent Few last Christmas season – a socioeconomic atrocity in a nation where the top 10thof the upper 1 percent already owned as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent?

    + The advance pardon that the Tangerine Satan offered to the sickening racist and nativist tent-camp murderer Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona last year?

    + The racist shaming of federal judges who happen not to rule his way?

    + The repeated transparent attempts to place himself above the rule of law?

    + The open assault on basic environmental protections and the eco-exterminist determination to advance the extraction and burning of every last fossil fuel in U.S. reach?

    + The clear and transparent affection he shows for blood-drenched authoritarians the world over?

    + The snap approvals of the planet-cooking Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines?

    + The open embrace of Saudi Arabia’s practically genocidal war on Yemen?

    + The repeated ugly embrace of the National Rifle Association after yet another and then another mass shooting that amounts to homeland terrorism sponsored by the proto-fascistic and white supremacist gun lobby?

    + The open advance of prison privatization and mass incarceration combined with clear disinterest in curbing the ongoing epidemic of racist police shootings?

    That’s just a short list.

    What would it take to send millions of U.S.-Americans into the streets to confront the total evil of “their” government in the age of Trump? How about this: “Dragging young children kicking and crying and screaming from their parents, separating those children from their parents indefinitely, locking those children up in cages (‘dog kennels’) like animals, and subjecting them to the predators of the American police state”? Would that be enough? Could that do the trick?”

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    • Wow, Gloria. Good thing someone has been taking notes. Americans tend to be really self-interested. I think it will take massive hikes in food or fuel prices to bring them into the streets in large numbers. The majority tend to be pretty disinterested in the welfare of other peoples’ children – especially if they have dark skin.


  2. “AMERIKA: College Was Once Free and For the Public Good—What Happened?”

    GREED! And another sad fact is that America’s universities are not even turning out smart, college-educated adults. What’s going on at colleges and universities is just ridiculous what with hazing incidents in the news almost daily. Not to mention that America’s ‘institutes for higher learning’ are associated more with drinking, frat parties and having a good time as opposed to learning, studying and gaining knowledge, hence the reason why so many H-1B visas are granted to those from India and other countries who come to America and are more knowledgeable and are placed in high tech careers, in hospitals, in labs and the like because they have what America’s students don’t; knowledge in math and science fields. Our children, when they graduate from college, are damn near just as stupid as before they amassed a shitload of student loan debt and graduated since many are still living at home with their parents because the only job they can get is a waitress job at Applebee’s or as a bartender at Ruby Tuesday’s. Sad, but true.


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