Santa Fe New Mexican
Solve many problems with two more years of school
Imagine for a moment if K-12 reverted to a tuition-based education. The concept not only seems backward, but we would bankrupt America in a single generation. Long ago, we recognized that all Americans need the basic building blocks of public education, allowing the time for nurturing and development that K-12 provides. Thankfully, free K-12 public education is the norm, paid for through tax dollars. In a world that has become exponentially more complex, America needs to extend its public education system beyond K-12 to encompass the vast new knowledge required to earn a living in today’s ever expanding world. Public education provided via our tax base needs to be extended to at least K-14, recognizing the time needed for greater knowledge acquisition. Simply put, this world is more complex, and more knowledge takes more time to learn. Optional private (tuitionbased) education needs to stay in place at every level, allowing for the specialty paths required to advance our horizons. Imagine a taxpayer-funded K-14 education. Americans would enter the workforce or specialized college of their choice two years later as more mature, better
focused and prepared citizens … with zero accumulated debt.
The trickle-down effect of an American population with two years of additional education would pay dividends, offsetting its simple taxpayer cost. A more mature population with better education would result in making better choices. Better health, less crime and a happier life through retirement are the results of a better education.
Imagine living in a future America where every student had the right to K-14. Many of our current problems would be solved by a more educated America.