With a teenager ready to graduate high school in 2006, the thought of sending her to college looms over my head. The cuts to education keep getting deeper with the Bush administration. Congressman John Tierney of MA, presented the Democrats plan for a fix to many of these cuts in a well laid out OP/ED in the Boston Globe. “The future of our young people and our country hangs in the balance.”
Making college affordable
By John F. Tierney | July 22, 2005
AT A TIME when a college degree has never been more important and the cost of education has reached an all-time high, the outcome of the reauthorization by Congress of the Higher Education Act, which encompasses the federal government’s major student aid programs, has never been more important.
China and India together reportedly will annually graduate 5.1 million college students, most with English proficiency and 400,000 with engineering backgrounds. These statistics compare with the 2.1 million US college graduates and 60,000 engineers. Further, only two out of every 10 American students who start high school graduate from a four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree.
The economic case for more postsecondary education, together with the need for talented people capable of solving our most pressing national and community problems and the need for an informed, civic-minded citizenry, compel attention to the issue. Access to an affordable, high-quality education is inseparable from our economic prosperity, national security, and civic health.