Is there a connection between wealth and the possibility of success?
Yes, it is just common in modern society that those with money have more opportunities to grow and be successful. But how that happens? Well, one way is more access to higher education.
Research reveals that in the United States, only 14 percent of poor students manage to access college education as they are unable to meet the financial requirements, and the proportion is even less in the case of minority groups. What happens to these students due to this lack of access to higher education? They remain undereducated and end up doing menial jobs, and the result is that their lives never improve.
Making college education free is beneficial to society as well in many ways. First, it is the best way to ensure social equality. By enabling every student to attend college education, society is ensuring that everyone is given equal access to education and employment. Thus, over time, the difference between the rich and the poor decreases, creating a better society.
Second, it ensures that the society is not losing talent by not allowing college education to talented students from a poor background. In the absence of this facility, there is the risk that the ones who attain higher education are rich, but not necessarily the most talented. This will reduce the quality of people who reach the leadership roles in every sphere, including public administration, scientific research, and business leadership. When this happens, society becomes stagnant; no scientific developments, poor political leadership, and poor business management, to mention but a few.
So, a wiser idea is to link college education solely to merit rather than money. The first obvious advantage of this move will be that the infrastructure for higher education is not wasted and overcrowded. When merit and passion are the only two considerations, the ones who http://www.peri.umass.edu/fileadmin/pdf/other_publication_types/HGP_dissertation_pdf_9-15-10.pdf come to college or education will be capable of meeting the required standards. With this change, it becomes easy for teachers to teach and the quality of education remains high.
Well, that is not the only benefit. Why do you think we are unable to handle those campus shootout cases? The reason is that many of those disgruntled students reached the colleges for various reasons other than their ability and interest. Soon, they find it difficult to cope with the pressures of the curriculum, and the solution is to go on a shooting spree, which, unfortunately, they are adept at!
But running colleges for free is obviously a costly business and not viable, according to many. This trouble can be overcome if the cost of education is set in accordance with the income of the student. While admission remains solely linked to merit, the fee should be connected to the financial status of the student. That means a number of benefits in return: first, this eases the economic burden for the government; second, it ensures that the quality of higher education remains high; and third, it helps to ensure that no talented student is denied access to higher education due to their poor financial status.