Who could forget the image of Sarah Palin from her college days advertising her bust size? She seemed to be proud of the fact that she was broke. Todd, Track, Bristol, and Willow are each college age,or above, and none have a college degree. With the money Sarah has made over the last 9 years it’s clear that her family could have afforded college if it had been a priority. Certainly Track could have qualified for veterans assistance if he wanted to further his education. However it seems he has been more interested in beating women and fathering children out of wedlock.
College is becoming less and less affordable to more and more families who are higher and higher on the socioeconomic ladder. As tuition and other fees have climbed and state funding of public institutions has failed to keep pace with rising costs and growing enrollment, a college education is being priced out of the reach of middle-class and even some upper-middle-class families.
Families earning 48,001 to $75,000 a year had to pay a significant portion of their gross income to send a student to a public four-year nondoctoral institution. On average, it cost 16 percent (in Alaska) to 33 percent (in New Jersey) of their income in 2013, the latest year for which complete statistics were available for the report.
The College Board reports that a “moderate” college budget for an in-state public college for the 2016–2017 academic year averaged $24,610. A moderate budget at a private college averaged $49,320. The most expensive college tuition averages $68,000 per year. While the rate of increase in college costs has slowed, the price is still going up. If your child is going to college in 2018 , the projected cost of an elite college from 2018 — 2021 could soar as high as $334,000 for a four year degree.
Though much has been written about President Trump’s proposed budget cuts, little has been said about how his largest proposed cut to public schools, the total elimination of $2.4 billion in Title IIA funds, would likely increase class size across the nation. The larger the class size in lower and middle school, the greater chance of failure of the students.
In addition to eliminating Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG), which offer need-based aid to around 1.6 million low-income undergraduates each year, the Trump administration wants to “significantly” reduce Federal Work-Study program for college students. These work-study programs have typically been successful at helping students graduate and find employment post-college.
Trump’s budget proposal also calls for around $200 million in cuts to federal TRIO programs, which benefit low-income, first-generation, and disabled students, and GEAR UP, a program that helps prepare low-income middle and high-school students for college. The clear implication is that Trump would send more soldiers into battle without first educating them. Why educate soldiers if they are going to be killed or suffer from PTSD an be unable to earn a living?
Sarah Palin has posted this picture to her Facebook of a soldier suffering from PTSD, with the caption:
“Want Free College; Earn It”
It is offensive that Palin would use a picture of a soldier suffering from PTSD for any purpose. It is even more offensive to suggest that soldiers have to earn a college education by being so traumatized that they suffer from PTSD. It’s equally sickening to see Palin criticize young people who are willing to work hard in college to better themselves and our country simply because they are unable to pay the price of an education. The advantages of a college degree are indisputable. An average college graduate earns $46,000, while those without a college degree earn an average of $32,000. Additionally, many jobs require a college degree. Internships are often available to college students to teach them skills they will need upon graduation. Those same opportunities are not available to students who only have a high school degree.
The worst thing about Sarah Palin’s condemnation of students who seek a college degree is that she and Todd have profited off women who are destitute and unable to obtain further education to get themselves out of poverty.
“Our struggling education system has produced results that see American students ranked 24th internationally in reading and 36th in math. That is an alarming result, especially since innovation has created a competitive global economy in which knowledge has become the chief commodity. Many workers don’t have the skills to compete in the 21st-century job market. A report out last November by McKinsey & Company forecasted that nearly half of the jobs American workers are paid to perform — representing $2 trillion in wages annually in the U.S. — could be automated in some way using current technology. To put it bluntly, a baby born into poverty today, without a quality education, will never be able to secure a good job in his or her lifetime. Education should be the great equalizer in our society, one that provides the opportunity for every individual to rise, yet sadly, the divide has gotten bigger and bigger….
This new generation confronts a historically competitive global economy while also inheriting responsibility for our debt and entitlement programs. To succeed, for our nation to succeed, they will have to be the best-educated and most skilled generation of Americans in our history.”
It is UNCONSCIONABLE for Sarah Palin to condemn students who seek a better education.