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Should all education be free for everyone?

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Started: 4/11/2016 Category: Education
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Boomer3383a

Con

There is a big debate about free education. Let's end it once and for all.
mmurph123

Pro

As my opponent did not lay out any rules for this debate, I will assume standard conduct rules and the such. As it was not explicitly made illegal, I will begin the debate this round. I'll start with a few pieces of overview and then go into the affirmative case.

==Overview==
Today's resolution is fairly straight forward. It asks us "Should all education be free for everyone?" This statement is incredible broad. As such, this debate should be similarly broad. We should observe broad impacts and warrants for education.

The use of should in the resolution implies that I have fiat power to assume feasibility and solvency.

==Aff Case==

===Contention One:Education costs are bad===
According to a study backed by the Lumina Foundation, 29% of Low Income, High Scoring 8th graders finished college compared to 75% of their high income counter parts. (1) Furthermore, the US department of Education finds that when students are worried about the costs of college, they are less likely to attend (2) The Economist Reports that college graduates make more money than their peers with just a high school diploma. (3) When you negate, you maintain the status quo and you allow these costly colleges to continue to have their limits. This perpetuates income inequality, because as the Washington Post reports, increased access to higher education would allow the growing income inequality to be moderated. This is going to be important because the Washington Post outlines that income inequality increases tuition costs, increases spending, and increases the needed amount of financial aid. This puts the negative world into a viscous cycle. By voting aff, you break this cycle. (4)

==Contention 2: Education benefits Society==

By exposing people to new events and experiences, higher education provides several benefits to society. First, The Bedford Group finds that those with higher education are more racially tolerant. (6) Racism decreases social cohesion and leads to numerous harms. The Australian Human Rights Commission finds that racism decreases physical and mental health, reduces productivity, and reduces life span. (7) Going further, those with higher education are healthier. Studies from the National Bureau of Economic Research have found similar results, with their findings concluding that, on average, every additional year of schooling extends one’s life by roughly half a year. (8) Finally, according to a study published by the College Board, those with college certifications are more likely to get proper exercise than those without. (9).And finally, those with higher education are less likely to be depressed and have better mental health. (10) What this means is that by increasing access to higher education, you better society.

===Contention 3: Jobs and Wages===

As already stated, those with a higher education make more money. But to go further. A report by Georgetown University states that by 2020, 55 million new jobs will be created. Of those Jobs, 35% of these will require at least Bachelor's Degree and 30% of jobs will require an associates degree or some college. This means that a grand total of 65% of jobs will require at least some higher education. (11) Going further, Women who finish 2 years of college have 37 to 39% more income than those with a high school degree. A similar, but less extreme trend was observed with men. (12) In the status quo, the Atlantic reports that 600,000 jobs went unfilled because of a lack of skilled labor. (13) The Department of Labor Statistics corroborates, finding that there is a direct correlation between not just Education and employment, but education and pay. (14)

===Contention 4: Education Reduces Poverty===

The UNESCO finds that if all students in low income countries left school with just basic reading and writing skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty (15). Reducing poverty is going to be important for many reasons, but above all else, poverty kills. Global Resources finds that 22,000 children die each day because of poverty (16). Furthermore, an article published on Bernie Sanders' website finds that 130,000 Americans die each year because of poverty (17)


For these reasons, this is going to be a very clear affirmative ballot. I patiently await the negative R2.


Sources:
1: https://www.luminafoundation.org...
2: http://files.eric.ed.gov...
3: http://www.economist.com...
4:https://www.washingtonpost.com...
5: Removed upon revison
6: https://drive.google.com...
7: https://itstopswithme.humanrights.gov.au...
8: https://drive.google.com...
9: https://trends.collegeboard.org...
10: https://www.gov.uk...
11: http://scs.georgetown.edu...
12: http://intranet.niacc.edu...
13: http://www.theatlantic.com...
14: http://www.bls.gov...
15: http://unesdoc.unesco.org...
16:http://www.globalissues.org...
17:http://www.sanders.senate.gov...
Debate Round No. 1
Boomer3383a

Con

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mmurph123

Pro

Extend and vote aff
Debate Round No. 2
Boomer3383a

Con

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mmurph123

Pro

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Debate Round No. 3
Boomer3383a

Con

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mmurph123

Pro

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