James Dondero suggests that the workforce has changed in recent decades, and it’s now almost impossible to get ahead without a college education. However, getting that education is becoming increasingly difficult for Americans due to rising tuition rates. That’s why Bernie Sanders is fighting to changing the higher education system and is introducing a bill to the Senate this week which would make public college completely tuition-free.
Sanders is an underdog for the 2016 presidential election, although he has managed to make quite the name for himself since announcing his bid. He explains the need for free higher education saying, “We live in a highly competitive global economy and, if our economy is to be strong, we need the best-educated work force in the world. That will not happen if, every year, hundreds of thousands of bright young people cannot afford to go to college, and if millions more leave school deeply in debt.”
These changes would be similar to systems already in place all over the European nation, which would allow America to keep up with the rest of the western world. Anybody who is going or has graduated from college knows the stress that comes with making sure it’s paid for. Students who take out loans are met with nearly insurmountable debt by the time they get their diplomas in their hand. Sanders is also dedicated to lowering college loan rates around the country.