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Today's Big Idea: Follow the Leader

The Big Idea for Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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. 


  1. 1 Henry Rollins: Education Wants to be Free
    Jonathan Fowler and Elizabeth Rodd Big Think TV
  2. 2 Want to Be an Innovator? Drop Out of College!
    Peter Thiel
  3. 3 Earth to Academia: Student Loan Debt Is Mounting - And It's Unethical.
    Megan Erickson Think Tank
  4. 4 Is High College Tuition Defensible?
    Bruce Bueno de Mesquita

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