The issue of Student Loan Debt is an overwhelming and REAL problem in today’s society. Perhaps it has always been a problem but has just recently come to its own limit? Not only is it a tremendous burden upon our youth/adults of America, it is now a number one economic issue for the next president to resolve. Why? Because the youth of today will soon be our nation’s ultimate substance. As of now, they are literally suffocating in hopelessness. It is time for a new route of hope.
No longer can we be “morally sound” while calling forth our youth to “higher education”. It is almost ignorant to perceive the cost of higher education as “worth it” in relation to the crushing debt that will incur. No longer can we feel comfortable promoting it in our usual way: through credit or student loans. Why? Because the “investment” is NOT an investment. It is a scam leading toward a downward spiral of economic slavery with virtually no door of light for escape. How can we expect the youth to build futures from an already existing BASELINE of systematic poverty…evidenced through their parents even?? I’m speaking of the middle class. Yes, the middle class are already under systematic poverty. Parents are still paying off THEIR personal student loans!! Yet the tag-lines keeps resonating in our minds “Invest in your future- go to college” and “If you want the finer things in life… invest in your education.” Then we place guilt upon the the citizens of our nation for being in debt. As if they are overspending by investing in a small home or simple car that expresses the typical Amercian requirements for a stable life. Heaven forbid that you desire anything slightly glamorous in life. Yes I said, even “slightly”.
While higher education is extremely important and should be encouraged, we find ourselves in a time of moral hypocrisy because of the costly burden associated with the endeavor. All the while, interest keeps accumulating further digging the pit of debt into existence. All the while profits are being made by federal goverments for producing these sounder more profitable citizens of our nation. it’s an endleess cycle that is approaching the lowest of low pits ever to be witnessed in this current state of the nation. By not addressing this severe problem of our student loan debt crisis and how to restructure the system , we are teaching our citizens that this furthering of debt is somehow ok and acceptable? In fact by not fixing this systematic death trap (economically speaking) we are leading them into an economic death trap by…OUR choice. This is NOT acceptable.
It would be fair to say “shame on us” if we somehow find this REAL burden/problem not worthy of being delved into. Do we see ourselves as integrous or sophisticated by merely investigating the topic but never systematically restructuring it. I think not. I find any lack of empathy here completely unrealistic. We should be realistic. Teens are literally crying out in the Spirit for help. It’s different now then it was before. In recent times, we (youth) would push forth with hope because our parents gave us hope. Now the millennials lack this driving encouragement to accelerate them. They’re coming from families who are already burdened in debt- deeply. How does this generation achieve the American Dream?? Seriously. How?? It’s time for a restructuring in how we price tag higher education or if we even should?? The question is – who are our leaders to drive this reformation? Are they here? Will they arise? All things are possible when the passion and most importantly empathy is present. It will take just that..leaders with the “revelation” which produces empathy. It’s time for a group of heroes to alleviate the suffocation this generation is experiencing. The need is real and it’s time to get many clear from entering that “red zone” of debt.
We say we want America to increase in power. Well, KNOWLEDGE is power. We want our citizens to be debt free as a token of our prosperity as a nation. Or… do we?? We want to be a dominating, influential nation that out-performs other countries in Innovation, Space, Military, Business, Arts etc… yet we burden our own with extremely high costs for education anywhere from 25,000 to 200,000 for achieving a degree.
I believe, in this time, the work put into achieving the HIGHER EDUCATION is the Cost. And a high cost it is. I think we need a rebirth of a very crucial principal. “Work Ethic”. This way the path won’t be misused or taken lightly (for granted). Increasing one’s knowledge is most beneficial and should be completely cherished.
And finally…let the price tag of over-whelming financial burden be completely diminished.