With that being said: I believe all education should be Free, but not like this. Not with throwing hundreds of billions of dollars at the broken system. I think Free education should be a collaborative effort, with endless amounts of resources, you know: Kind of like the Library. A place where Scientific Journals can be read on-line, a place where College Level books can be read Free on-line. Now of course this goes against capitalism, as in, why shouldn't Authors make money off books, and why shouldn't book makers, and publishers, and those who build the websites make money? Well, I think that once "education" became a "trade" it started making things too complicated. (Some things should never have been made a profession, like Politicians, that should have a limit) Think about it. Kid's already spend 13 years in school, this should have them at the same level they would be at if they did get a 2-year-degree already, but it's not. Why? Seriously, why? I went to College, and I can tell you, that Associates Degree felt like high school to me.
Why don't we have more things like Khan Academy, surely this is much cheaper for us tax payers than Paying Individual Tuition? And what about the Program that is already in place? The Program that allows kids to graduate from High School with an Associates Degree, why not invest in that? Or maybe allow kid's to finish up High School in Grade 10, and allow them to go to A Trade School?
Look: We have precious few resources. Money isn't money, it's hard working American's that fork over part of their life to pay for the shit the government says we need: Like spying on everyone, and going to one more war. These resources will start to dwindle the more and more "free" shit we do without thinking it through. There are less costly, better ways of educating a person: And throwing money at an already broken system is not going to help. If you want a "Free" Education, you can get it. You can find out every book required at a College or University, and you can buy those books (used online), read them, get online and ask for help with friends and family and support groups....You don't need someone to Teach You, Seriously: You can teach yourself.
The fact is this: Many kid's are sick of school by their Senior Year. They are more than ready to get on with their life, especially after all the testing, and now we are going to shackle them with two more years? We can do better than this. The technology is there. The knowledge is there. Let's stop looking at the past to fix future problems. Money is not the solution. Technology is the solution. Sharing knowledge is the solution.
Okay, that is all. Have a nice day, and tell me how you would fix our system? Please also see:A child, Not a Cog.