Ouyang: High education costs need better solution

Ouyang: High education costs need better solution

The subject of this article – for those who won’t click the link and read it – is the need for huge reform in our higher education. According to Chris Ouyang, the system we use now involving grants and loans is idealistic and completely impractical. It has few guardrails and almost no system of accountability. This article was written in response to the discussion of education during the 2012 Presidential Elections. Ouyang attempts to dispel myths about education: mainly, that everyone should receive higher education. In case you didn’t know: they shouldn’t. Beyond that, he takes a deeper look at what college or university really costs these days and how much our government isn’t helping. Essentially, our education system, in general, is a complete mess.

I have to say, I agree with a lot of Ouyang’s thoughts. Situations such as the cost of education in the US do not just need reformation. They need complete reconfiguration. In the same way that scientists group together to make discoveries in our world, we need groups of educators, economists, parents, and other leaders to find a solution here. Not only are the rising costs of education a huge factor in the imbalance of students from different economic and social brackets, but overall, the inability to find reasonable and affordable methods of paying for higher education is a detriment to the advancement of society. 

Education should be a right, not a privilege. If we want to really to be a leader for the rest of the world, the United States needs to start prioritizing education.