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"FREE COLLEGE FOR EVERYONE!" SAYS BILLHASLAM





Bill Haslam, governor of Tennessee and brother of the owner of the Cleveland Browns, has proposed that Tennessee taxpayers ought to pick up the tab for any graduating high school senior to attend a two-year community college or a college of applied technology free of tuition and fees.


Few reformers ever touch on reality. Reality starts with knowing one's purpose. What ought to be the purpose of education for strangers living in a society of property, where property always means the right of ownership and never the things owned? 
Education should support progress. One word sums up all of progress — autonomy. Autonomy is self-government of anyone in society of property.
Haslam touches on what needs to happen — real reform. Yet, his approach would fail to do the job if implemented.
Here is what real reform that leads to successes would look like:
Elementary schooling should emphasize expression — learning musical instrumentation, learning 2-d and 3-d perspective drawing, learning all kinds of athletics. Of course, reading proficiency and arithmetic proficiency ought to be concurrent with the foregoing.
All indoctrination of young minds in elementary education should stop forthwith. There is no need to pollute minds with phony versions of history nor is there good cause to subject young minds to support contemporary political factions seeking extra privileges.
High school needs to end at 16. Middle school and high school ought to be combined. The end point of high school should be an understanding of jurisprudence and civics so that young adults can become engaged citizens.
During these years, students ought to learn an authentic history of what it means to be American. Thus, such a history should begin in-depth around the English Civil War and culminate around the eve of World War 1. Next students should learn about the control for power of America through the various wars and schemes and why the USA as ended up where it is today.
Along the way, students should gain proficiency in algebra, odds-making, risk-assessment, rhetoric, persuasion and bookkeeping.
What is now the first two years of an undergrad education or the full two years of community college ought to become two tracks — (1) three years of foundation preparation with the curricula the same everywhere — calculus, statistics, finance, business law, physics, chemistry — which gets completed by 19; and (2) production trades for mechanics, technicians completed by 18. Either way, both would lead to skilled Americans for actual work.
The bachelor's degree ought to be done away. Instead, universities ought to begin with conferring master's degrees built from the foundation preparation above. So by the time an American is 21, she or he is a master in a field such as business or engineering or law. The JD ought to be eliminated.
The advantage to the foregoing is that when occupational demands change, anyone needs but a quick two years to change his or her master vocation.
With an additional year, for those seeking to become medical doctors and dentists, instead of the two years master's degree, such persons should gain a medical degree readying them to gain licenses straight away.
However, too many vested interests have want to keep schooling extended for years upon years. There are too many academicians with bogus Ph.Ds pursuing personal hobbies as research, which ought to be privately funded as charity. Whole fields need to be eliminated such as sociology, Chicano studies, Afro-American studies, women's studies, and all other such political fields of pseudo-science.