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Biden’s student loan relief too small to counter decline in higher ed
As outrage pours in over President Biden’s paltry student loan forgiveness plan, too many Americans are missing the fact that the pursuit of education is declining in our country. The byproduct of an un- and undereducated society will be disastrous for us in the coming years. The right needs to stop pushing this anti-education agenda, and everyone needs to step up to make higher education accessible to all. As it concerns higher education, college attendance rates are dropping. More than one million fewer students are enrolled in college now than before the global pandemic began, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. This isn’t just attendance at so-called four-year institutions, mind you. Rather, community college enrollment is down by 13 percent. It’s also not simply a pandemic-related decline. The numbers started to fall in the fall of 2021, when undergraduate schools saw some five-hundred thousand fewer students enroll. Graduate program enrollment too slid by nearly eleven thousand shortly before the pandemic. People are not seeking as much higher education as they once did. This is extraordinarily harmful to our society. Not only will we likely start to see a decline in innovation and contributions to mankind, but we’ll also see harm to our economic growth. The fewer educated people in the United States, the worse off we are in terms of our economy. Fewer educated people translates to fewer professionals with the skills, credentials, and degrees necessary to serve our communities. How will we effectively heal our fellow Americans with a shortage of doctors? How will we discover new medicines, treatments, technology with fewer scientists? And so on… Also, fewer educated people translates to fewer professionals earning higher wages. That means less money earned and thus less spent to bolster our economy. The economic ripple effects of lower college enrollment are real. Not to mention that it’s nearly unprecedent… Per the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, we’re coming off the largest two-year decline in higher-education enrollment in fifty years. There already was a skills gap before the pandemic, and now it will be exacerbated by the continued decline in attendance. This is a problem that we all must work together to fix. Yet so many members of the right continue to attack higher education, negatively referring to the educates as “elites.” In his new book, Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA, calls higher education a “scam” as he encourages young Americans not to pursue a college degree. All the while, his fellow conservatives are busy attacking educators at the grade school level and passing laws that restrict what can be taught. The message is to restrict knowledge, rather than seek to expand it. The right isn’t alone in contributing to the decline in higher education. Both the right and the left are aparty to keeping college inaccessible. Many complained about President Biden forgiving a mere ten to twenty thousand dollars of student loans for borrowers making less than one hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars. That forgiveness is a drop in the bucket for many borrowers. Ninety percent of those who qualify earn less than seventy-five thousand a year. College is far too costly. Between 1980 and 2020, for instance, the average cost of getting an undergraduate degree increased by one hundred and sixty nine percent, according to a recent report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. Yet wages aren’t keeping up with inflation and costs, making the pursuit of higher learning entirely impossible. If we as a nation—right, left and everything in between—do not come together now to encourage education and to make it accessible for all, our future as a people will be bleak, if that.
Melania Trump’s fashion faux pas a lesson for women
Melania Trump and several other first ladies attended the funeral of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter on Nov. 29. In contrast to the traditional black attire worn by the other first ladies, Melania opted for a gray coat. This is not the first time Melania has broken away from political traditions, as demonstrated by her
To address poverty, tax the rich and vote blue
The United States is one of the wealthiest nations in the world today, yet many Americans remain trapped in cycles of poverty and homelessness. That problem is both an economic and a political one, as many on the Right insist that the government should not be protecting or providing for America’s poor in the first
Biden’s fentanyl strategy overly focused on China
During their Nov. 15 meeting in San Francisco, President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping reached an agreement to curb fentanyl production. Fentanyl is extensively manufactured in Mexico using precursor chemicals primarily sourced from China and is then transported into the U.S. through cartels. Straight Arrow News contributor Adrienne Lawrence is supportive of any
All Americans should support proposed privacy bill
The aftermath of 9/11 ushered in a new era of warrantless mass surveillance in the United States. Now, a proposed bill with broad bipartisan support hopes to change that. The Government Surveillance Reform Act (GSRA) seeks to restrict U.S. government agencies from exploiting loopholes and bulk purchasing sensitive personal data on American citizens. Straight Arrow
Biden’s hypocrisy on Israel-Hamas war could cost him 2024 election
Israel’s siege and bombardment of the Gaza Strip has killed over 10,000 people, according to the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry, and displaced 70% of the population. Yet U.S. President Joe Biden remains a self-declared staunch ally of Israel and has consistently rejected proposals for a Gaza ceasefire. Meanwhile, Biden recently expelled several countries from the
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UPenn loses $100 million donation after antisemitism hearing
13 sources | 15% from the left
Post-Roe, nearly 1 in 5 people seeking an abortion traveled out of state, analysis finds
10 sources | 0% from the right
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