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EDUCATION: The public must step up to the plate

Letter by Sharon L. Hodgins, Lake Tapps on March 29, 2013 at 11:17 am with No Comments »
March 29, 2013 1:30 pm

Re: “Let’s keep the ‘public’ in public education” (Viewpoint, 3-29).

A college education has enriched my own personal life, the life of my family and hopefully the students whom I taught for 30 years.

I was lucky enough to have parents who wanted all their children to graduate from college. In the 1960s, it was possible, especially for young men, to pick up shifts in mills and make almost enough money to pay for a year’s tuition. The money I made waitressing helped also with living costs, but thanks to the taxpayer, my working-class parents could afford the tuition.

Today, most students are lucky to find a part-time job, and most pay only enough to cover a small portion of tuition costs.

It is vital for our country’s future that the public once again step up to the plate and help pay for deserving students who wish to have a post-secondary education (college or technical schools), such as they did in the 1960s. Nearly every other industrial society, recognizing the importance of having a highly educated citizenry, makes college free or keeps tuition low.

It is time that we supported public education, from preschool through college.

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