Debate heats up over free higher education plan

Yomiuri Shimbun, Mar 14, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Japan is the latest country considering free higher education. "Hakubun Shimomura, the LDP’s executive acting secretary general, said at a press conference on Friday that procuring funds for free higher education warrants careful deliberation... A special task force was created within the party on Feb. 15 to discuss the financial aspects of free higher education." This follows sharp growth in California's free college tuition programs. We're also seeing more voices opposed to such plans on the grounds that free tuition only benefits the rich. By that same logic, though, free health care would only benefit the rich, because only the rich can afford health care. Our experience with public health care in Canada, though, proves that the opposite is the case. The poor are the major beneficiaries.

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