President Obama, the Giver-in-Chief, has come up with a doozy of an idea this time. The President announced (via a Youtube-like video with the hashtag #FreeCommunityCollege) that he would like to see the first two years of community college free for those who “work for it.” There’s a novel idea.
The President is correct that higher education is the path forward for Americans looking for opportunities. Community colleges provide an affordable start for students seeking a four-year college degree. In addition, the vocational programs that many of them offer are vital to American growth and promise respectable and often high-paying jobs in service industries. Here in Houston, the demand for welders with the proper training and certification from our area two-year colleges has pushed welding salaries in the six figure range.
The weakness of the President’s proposal is that it’s a political stunt based on a faulty premise. Here are five reasons why “Free Community College” is a bad idea. Continue reading