But on a slightly more serious note, I think we'd do far better to provide free college education than trying to force education on unwilling high school students: something along the lines of casting pearls before swine. Maybe what they need is a few years in the real world to figure out that school isn't all that bad after all. Don't force education on people, just keep the opportunity open and don't make it too hard on them to come back, simply because they made a stupid decision when they were 15.
I agree, something does need to be done about the cost of college. As my Grandmother always says, "They want everyone to be educated, but they don't tell you how to pay for it."
You stated in an earlier post, and I have experienced first hand, in the current economy more and more employers are demanding Bachelor's and Master's degrees in positions that previously required none. Despite my nine years of telecom experience, over 17 Headhunters repeatedly told me that I could not get a job without a degree.
That being said, the cost for tuition ALONE for 2009-2010 at Rutgers University, the State
University of New Jersey (not a private University) is $9,546
). So an Undergrad student who goes there for four years will walk out with over $40K in loans when they graduate, and that's before you add in the cost of books, fees, labs, and heaven forbid, ROOM & BOARD!
In Georgia, they use the Georgia lottery to fund student's education. If you are a Georgia resident for one year or more, and have a B average or better in High School, the Georgia Lottery will pay for four years of tuition at any Georgia State College or University. When I lived in Atlanta, most of my friends were able to go to college because of this scholarship opportunity.
Unfortuanately in NJ, our politicians are too corrupt to use the earnings from the Atlantic City Casinos and New Jersey Lottery to fund educational opportunities such as the one is Georgia.