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Sanders and Biden say U.S. needs paradigm shift in approach to college access




Democratic Presidential Nominee Senator Bernie Sanders wrote an op-ed piece Thursday for the Washington Post on free college education.
Democratic Presidential Nominee Senator Bernie Sanders wrote an op-ed piece Thursday for the Washington Post on free college education.
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Today Senator Bernie Sanders (I - VT) makes his case for free college in a commentary piece in "The Washington Post," plus his position enjoyed a high-profile endorsement from Vice President Joe Biden yesterday.

Speaking from the Rose Garden about why he won't seek a presidential nomination, Biden did discuss policy wishes including his thoughts on higher education: "We all know that 12 years of public education is not enough. As a nation, let's make the same commitment to a college education today that we made to a high school education 100 years ago."

Mark Huelsman, Senior Policy Analyst for Demos, agrees that this sort of paradigm shift is necessary to contend with the modern economy.

Others believe that free college education would not yield any major benefits.  Neal McCluskey from the Cato Institute says that the plan will lead to huge increases in spending with no discernible increases in achievement for students.  

Where do you stand with debt free college? Is the U.S. falling behind other countries by not considering post-secondary school a necessity for students today?

Guests:

Mark Huelsman, Senior Policy Analyst at Demos - a public policy organization focused on equity; former Research Analyst at the Institute for Higher Education Policy.

Neal P. McCluskey, Ph.D., Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute - The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization — a think tank – dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace.