Education, like healthcare, is a right, not a privilege. It is an absolute necessity for social mobility and innovation. Our children should all have equal access to the quality education they deserve.
It’s high time that our country provide tuition-free education to students at all public universities, colleges, and trade schools. This is not a new concept — before the 1980s, many public American universities provided a tuition-free education to all qualified students. Today, most industrialized countries do the exact same thing. If we want to rebuild our economy and encourage innovation in America, we need a highly educated and highly skilled workforce. Saddling students with debt is not only destructive to students’ futures, it also slows and depresses our economy.