After World War II 8 million veterans earned college degrees! With it, came leaders, businessmen, educators, scientists, millionaires and more. The social and technological advances we’ve all come to enjoy in the U.S.A. were sparked by the educational benefit of the G.I. Bill. As I see it, the “greatest generation” has given us all the evidence we need to prove that a higher education is an investment – NOT a cost. It’s a national investment that has paid huge dividends for the United States.
With this new-found knowledge, our country became wealthier, healthier and more powerful. Everyone gained -- not just the G.I.s. From higher learning came new ideas, innovations (a.k.a. jobs). Business and industry evolved (a.k.a. jobs), economic conditions evolved (a.k.a. jobs), as well an improved understanding of religion, human behavior, foreign cultures, arts, medical science, the list goes on.
So tell me, why are people opposed to having our federal government (the taxpayers) fund higher education for Americans who have a thirst for knowledge?
Think about it. People with a higher education will, in all probability, pay more taxes compared to those who lack a higher education? This higher taxpayer base is just one of the returns on this investment. There are other returns too. Higher education makes a nation’s people more competitive, more innovative and more productive. Again paying the country back for the higher education its citizens received.
If developing countries -- China, India, even Vietnam -- see the value of investing in and turning out greater numbers of educated citizens. I can only wonder why Americans still see education as a cost.
Let me ask you this, if the United States were to offer you a college education to develop a knowledge base and skill set that is needed yet lacking for the U.S.A. to remain competitive in this global economy, would you take advantage of it?