The cost of higher education is skyrocketing, young Americans are encouraged by the government to take on ever more debt, and many employers don’t see colleges and universities teaching the kind of skills necessary in the workplace. A study from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that the Federal Student Loan Program accounted for 102% of the 106% rise in college tuition from 1987 to 2010. The government should stop stigmatizing those who choose to learn at trade schools or by other non-traditional means, rather than a four year college, and stop thinking the next dollar they throw at education will be the one to fix everything. It’s not a one-size-fits-all solution.
Free speech is under attack on university campuses – the very place where rigorous debate and intellectual diversity should be embraced. Many universities fail to uphold the promises of free expression, assembly, and religion to students and faculty through vaguely written speech codes or speech “zones” that impermissibly prohibit free expression. College should be a place for learning and having ideas and preconceptions challenged. Young Americans deserve protection of their free expression on college and university campuses.