November 20

Power and Influence

Tuesday’s Big Idea

Today's Big Idea: Follow the Leader

At a time when "European ideas" don't seem to hold much currency in the United States, Henry Rollins has a radical one to promote: make college free, and follow Europe's lead.

To some extent, Americans have shown a willingness to move in this direction. California voters, for instance, chose tax increases over austerity measures that would have included steep cuts to education.

But raising revenue is certainly not the only way to make college education affordable and accessible to all. Technology has dramatically reduced costs. So now it is up to educational institutions, along with federal regulators, to pave the way for higher quality and more affordable higher education online. 

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  2. 2 Want to Be an Innovator? Drop Out...
  3. 3 Earth to Academia: Student Loan D...
  4. 4 Is High College Tuition Defensible?
   
  1. Henry Rollins: Education Wants to be Free

    Henry Rollins: Education Wants to be Free

    Henry Rollins says that education has always been, and will need to continue to be, the main ingredient in shaping our future. 

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  2. Want to Be an Innovator? Drop Out of College!

    Want to Be an Innovator? Drop Out of College!

    Innovation requires risk and sacrifice, which may be very hard to do if you have an enormous debt burden to repay.

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  3. Earth to Academia: Student Loan Debt Is Mounting - And It's Unethical.

    Earth to Academia: Student Loan Debt Is Mounting - And It's Unethical.

    Unemployment among those aged 16-29 is at its highest rate since WWII. “Follow your passion,” while hard to argue with, is clearly an inadequate career plan.

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  4. Is High College Tuition Defensible?

    Is High College Tuition Defensible?

    Coming from an upper middle class family, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita says, he could have afforded to pay some tuition. Instead, he was the beneficiary of the tax dollars of less well-off New Yorkers who didn’t send their kids to public institutions. He thinks "tuition discrimination" makes private universities a fairer option.

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