I think what’s lacking is a recognition of knowledge UNLESS someone goes through the system.
*I* think the university system should be free for all. Money kept me from finishing mine 25 years ago. So, I learned on the Internet instead. Libraries. Wherever I could get my hands on knowledge.
But the lack of acknowledgement via a degree makes it not matter to some.
Thankfully, there’s ALWAYS a way to get employment with knowledge-alone if you can talk to the right person, so it’s not a total barrier to many fields that _seem_ closed.
Thing is though, a free college system will probably reduce the number of Universities available to a few.
But at the very least, if they could make community colleges that exist free, and let them offer up to PhD levels, we’ll see a HUGE gain in society.