I’d say Jefferson is in line with the progressive stance on education.
Up to the 1950s, some high schools were in the situation that colleges are in now: you had to pay for them.
My mother’s foster mother only had an 8th grade education because where she came from (right here in the USA), high school was something you had to pay for.
Now, 60+ years later, given the changes in priorities in hiring practices, the high school degree that was once valuable is now at the level of what an 8th grade education could give you.
Basic college (BA / BS) is a minimum for huge amount of jobs that previously required only high school.
It’s that change that they’re talking about: Basic college education *as* high school is today.
Just like there are high schools you pay for as well, in the case of colleges, the majority of colleges would still be full tuition.
Also, this community college 2016 = high school 1950, isn’t speaking about PhDs and such. More like Grade 13, 14, 15, 16.
Until I saw the connection between community college today = high school of yesterday, it sounded like a dramatic request. But really, it’s not.
Level of competence *can’t* stabilize among ANY given population. We all have different talents and skills and abilities and limitations.
*However*, _some things_ like access *can* be stabilized. From that footing, proceed with the merit.
First you need access to determine merit.
All that being said, I’m really arguing someone else’s points. What I’m in favor of will never happen in any event. I’m a fan of unschooling, and/or allowing states and municipalities to determine community needs, as long as there is basic guidelines and basic access rights granted for all community members.
Beyond that? Go for whatever you think works.
I’m a fan of homeschooling as well. I’m grateful for economic scholarships because it allowed me to go to a private school and get the heck out of public from 9-12th grade, and allowed me to touch my toes into a University for 1.5 yrs.
Couldn’t finish because at the time, mortgages were counted as an asset rather than a liability, so *poof* my opportunity vanished.
But I’m glad I was able to get as far as I did with it.
So, it seems that, perhaps, each of our stances on education are based upon where we received the most hurt.
You don’t think a little better accounting for excesses in military spending couldn’t shave off enough to allow for a “grade 13, 14, 15, 16″?
I don’t think she’s talking about putting tin foil around covert aircraft here.
Keeping kids in school longer keeps them “off the streets”. If we had a surplus of jobs available, then it’d be a waste. But converting community colleges to extended high schools, convert them to 4 yr, allowing them to GET the BA/BS degrees that gives them a better stance in the jobs marketplace, isn’t the worst idea.
It’s not free PhD here. it means that a high school diploma is next to useless these days. At one time, it carried weight.
As it stands, there’s a glut in PhDs in some fields – more PhDs than available jobs. So ultimately, perhaps academia is the wrong way to go, and perhaps we should go the “dirty jobs’ way instead.