President's Obama's new proposal for free community college will certainly get some people talking. The “free” part will be disputed while others will proclaim the proposed multi-billion dollar increase in government spending as an “investment” in the future. The Prez wants more students to populate college and he's got a plan for it, pending congressional approval.
However, what if the problem is that too many people are going to college, rather than too few? What if most of higher education were actually a costly screening process benefiting a handful of folks while indebting generation after generation? What if, education and learning isn't dependent on “going to school?”
We live in an age in which data is retrievable in mass quantities, in real time, and some of it doesn't even involve Facebook. Memorization still has a function, but the standard of spending years in a classroom learning information should be reexamined especially since most of what we learn in school flushes down the memory drain rather quickly. Albert Einstein said “Never memorize something you can look up.” Yes, I memorized that. Unlike E=mc2, I understand that piece of Einsteinian wisdom.