But even if I were to drop the argument that education is not a right and agree with the status quo that holds it to be a right, government funding of education is not protecting that right unless it can prove students are being educated at the institutions they attend. Loaning someone money to pay tuition is not protecting a right if there is nothing in place to make sure that education is what’s going on in the classroom. To say otherwise is to say college admission, and not education, is a right.
But that is exactly what politicians who are using the promise of low student loans are doing. They are promising low student loan rates because that’s what young voters want to hear. Students don’t want to hear a politician say the government is going to step in to make sure courses will become rigorous in order to make sure the right to an education is being protected.
This is an election year and this is what politicians do in an election year. They promise goods and services to people whose vote they need. Our declining education system is a serious issue that needs to be addressed, and throwing money at it is not the answer.