Should college be free in America?

There has been talk about whether or not college should be free for all students in America. Yes, I think college should be free in America because low income families can’t afford to send their young ones to college; the cost of the tuition and fees are too high. Over the recent decades the cost of going to college has risen, and this makes it hard for young ones to go to college and follow their passions or dreams. So, many have decided not to go to college, while others have borrowed student loans that sadly sometimes follows them throughout their entire life, even when after they have retired.  .

Here are some other important things to keep in mind as you think about the question of whether or not college should be free:

  • Free colleges would expand access to education offering free college tuition would make it possible for everyone to pursue a higher education.
  • Young people who are very smart may have to skip college because they can’t afford the tuition and fees
  • Students will be able to follow their passion and abilities.
  • Young students might go to college, but not to the one they wanted to go to because it was too expensive.
  • They might not take risks later in life because they have a large amount of debt in student loans that they have to pay.
  • Students would be able to focus more on their studies rather than worrying about how to scrape together enough funds for each upcoming school term.
  • Free colleges would make it easier for kids to be more focused on school rather on their jobs. Young people in college often have part-time jobs which help them pay for their expenses including possibly their school tuition and fees. Even with these part-time jobs, they face a struggle not being able to pay their bills.

According to the data that was provided by the U.S News in a survey, the cost of titution and fees for the 2018–2019 school year was $35,676 at private colleges, $9,716 for state residents at public colleges and $21,629 for out-of-state students at state schools. According to the information College Board provided in the “Trends in College Pricing 2017,” two-year institutions tuition and fees cost approximately $3,570 on average, per year, for in-state students.

On April 1, 2016 President Barack Obama talked about the need for free college. He said, “We have to make college affordable for every American, because no hardworking student should be stuck in the red.” He went to say that “We agree that real opportunity requires every American to get the education and training they need to land a good-paying job.” This is not the first time President Obama had addressed the matter of free college, In his speeches in the past he had addressed the Congress to stop student loan interest rates from rising, and has asked the colleges to keep the cost of tuition and fees down.

For more in formation on this topic, please visits these sites:

https://www.studentdebtrelief.us/news/should-college-be-free/

https://smartasset.com/student-loans/the-pros-and-cons-of-free-college

https://www.cnbc.com/2016/01/12/obama-we-have-to-make-college-affordable.html

https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/paying-for-college/articles/what-you-need-to-know-about-college-tuition-costs

Should school start later in the day?

Photo of female student sleeping in class. Shallow depth of field, multi-ethnic group of students in the background.

I personally think high school and middle school should start around 8:30AM because it can benefit the health and welfare of students. When there are early school hours it can affect kids health. According to the CDC, some health effects of students not getting enough sleep include: drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco, marijuana use, use of other illicit/prescription drugs, depression, anxiety, behavior problems, and it can affect brain development.

Verywellfamily.com shows that when school starts around 8:30AM there can be benefits that include:

  • Students are more likely to get the amount of sleep they need.
  • Students will be less likely to depend on coffee to stay awake during the day.
  • When teens sleep longer it could reduce health issues that accompany sleep deprivation (see above).
  • Schools with later start times can improve school performance.
  • Later start times can mean less tardiness, and lower dropout rates.
  • Later school times can give students time to eat a healthy breakfast.

Other factors that have been found to be associated with school starting too early is a lack of sleep. When kids don’t get enough sleep they are more likely to have problems paying attention, and they can have poor academic performance. When kids miss a bus early in the morning, and that’s their only form of transportation, they miss class and then soon they are falling behind in their classes.

In December or 2014, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine advised many schools that later school start times could reduce car accidents. Researchers looked at two towns, and they found that among every thousand licensed drivers ages 16 to 17 there were about 53 car crashes during the school year.

In November 2014, the Healthy Sleep Project launched the “Awake at the Wheel” campaign to increase the public awareness of the risk of drowsy driving. The study they did included data from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles that showed that during the school year there were more than 520 motor vehicle accidents involving teen drivers, and more than 320 teen crashes.

When school starts later in the day it will benefit kids, parents, and teachers.

For more information visit:    

https://www.verywellfamily.com/the-pros-and-cons-of-starting-school-later-2609565
https://aasm.org/teens-with-earlier-school-start-times-have-higher-crash-rates/
https://www.cdc.gov/features/school-start-times/index.html
https://www.educationnext.org/do-schools-begin-too-early/