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Thursday, April 28, 2011

A WORLD WITHOUT TUITION


I hope one day to turn on my television and

hear on CNN that Congress passed a new law,

but I’m still waiting for it to happen. I mentioned

it a time or two, I even wrote a poem about it.

I imagined what it’d be like to make education free

to those who wanted to study, to learn, to achieve.


What if they thought of a way to reward those

who want to work, who want to apply themselves?

Wouldn’t it be easy enough for a Senator to say-

Hey, let’s find a way to make going to college free?


And then they could compromise, argue, and debate

before most of them agreed to let the people reach

their full potential. Allow them? No, empower them

to take care of themselves, their children, and families.

Of course, there'd be a catch, a hitch, a pact, a prerequisite.


In exchange for tuition free advanced college degrees,

scholars must make a promise, must sign an exemption.

Upon graduation they must vow to not look for, expect,

ask, or demand Food Stamps, Medicare, Social Security,

subsidized healthcare, low income housing or free cheese.


Instead they'd have to be on their own and live their lives

as independent thinkers, responsible law abiding citizens, and

contributors to our society-socially, emotionally,economically.

2 comments:

He ment well (sometimes did) said...

I think that the achievement it self is enough for the social investment. An educated populus represents potential, a natural resorce to be aplauded.

drkelp said...

Too true. The capitalists want to keep people away from education - liberating the human mind and spirit is dangerous. But now with the Internet the capture of knowledge by universities is weakened.

Where I come from all the ones making the decision to charge high fees for education got a free university education themselves!! What hypocrites.