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Forum Post: Education is a Human Right

Posted 5 years ago on Dec. 29, 2012, 11:31 a.m. EST by TheAradicalMan (27) from New York, NY
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I reactivated my Facebook account this evening to leave a message on the EDU Debtors Union page about a petition that I posted on the Whitehouse.gov about the student-loan debt crisis. Out of desperation - I asked that any FB'er viewing my post, look at my petition and please sign it.

I ask the same of you. Education is a right - it is a Human right. I mean, there are third-world countries that have better educational systems than us and their kicking our asses in Math and Science. Education is the purest form of liberty and yet we here in "The land of opportunity" lack the true freedom it is supposed to provide.

The Obama Administration and this Congress have done little to address this $1,000,000,000,000.00 + issue and it is time to start holding them accountable. The time for half-assed, half-measured proposals has passed. The Student-loan repayment program isn't good enough, they're going to have to try harder - do better for us. They work for us, for you - remember that. You're more powerful than you know, my friends. Stay true, change this world.

Please view my petition: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/recognize-and-address-severity-student-loan-debt-crisis-student-loan-repayment-program-not-enough/mhyTvjF6



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[-] 2 points by Shayneh (-482) 5 years ago

What I don't understand is why in the hell would a person who just got out of high school have little or with no concern about being $25,000 in debt (or even more).

So then they graduate can't get a job and bitch because they have this enormous debt over their head and want the government to pay for it.

I have know lots of people that worked their way through college and reduced their college debt by thousands of dollars doing this.

I guess it's too hard to go to work then go to school and then have to do homework. That's too much to ask.

The federal government out lay is just over 1 trillion a year - just who is paying this debe or should I say trying to pay it - taxpayers.

People think the government should spend money on them because they feel it's owed to them from other taxpayers.

Well keep thinking that way and eventually there will be less taxpayers (makers) then takers and that's what people are whom think its the governments job to take care of them.

[-] 2 points by gsw (3221) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 5 years ago

Try to find a local school, go part time and work. Maybe find scholarship, and tax credits. Work study too.


Community college http://registration.highline.edu/tuition.php

That's what my kids do. Aim low.

[-] 2 points by MsStacy (1035) 5 years ago

Average student loan debt is at about $26,500 for the borrowers of the class of 2011. That is about two thirds of the students going to college. High perhaps, but no higher then a loan for a good car. I don't see where it's an undue burden to expect graduates to honor the commitments they freely made.

[-] 2 points by BrianMid (132) 5 years ago

You can educate yourself, anyone can do that for free in any library. If you wish to earn a piece of paper that certifies you've met the rules of some institution you will have to pay.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33678) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 years ago

Education is an investment in society.

[-] 0 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 5 years ago

Most of our college classes wouldnt be needed if high school hadnt turned into such a joke.

[-] 2 points by JPB950 (2254) 5 years ago

Any education is largely what you make of it. You can't blame it all on the school systems or watered down curricula.

[-] 2 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 5 years ago

I blame a lot of it on a watered down program. Yes, it is what ya make of it, but only because its so undemanding. Next to nothing is required.

"It is what ya make of it" is something that is usually used when the experience is sub par. Ever said that about a restaurant? Nope.

Nice to see that two people down voted me. Apparently they think our 27th ranked education is doing just fine.

[-] 2 points by JPB950 (2254) 5 years ago

There are many reasons for this. No matter how much you try to motivate your students there will always be some that don't want to learn. The breakdown of the family can be part of the cause. Children from single parent homes have a greater chance of dropping out.

The educational system has responded to a foolish political demand that everyone reach the same level of achievement. That is impossible. The illusion of equal achievement has been developed by lowering standards.

The topic was loan forgiveness though. I don't think it matters what the cause is for lower standards or achievement. I see no reason to believe that forgiving debt freely taken on would improve education.