Lily’s Blackboard: Dimming the American Dream with Debt

Our young people are caught between the rock and hard place of being told they need a college education, going into debt to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars and then not being able to get a good job because the economy that is being driven by bad policy isn’t recovering quickly enough. Read Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig’s perspective on how this is impacting all of us regardless of which generational demographic to which we may belong.

Cloaking Inequity

I was honored to guest blog about my family’s American experience with rapidly increasing college debt for NEA President Lily Eskelsen García at Lily’s Blackboard. The guest post originally appear here. The NEA has had a recent focus on Degrees Not Debt.

The baby boomers went to college in the 1960s and 1970s at very little cost because their parents’ generation and those before them had made a commitment to publicly funding higher education. However, is that dream dimming because some boomers would rather have tax cuts instead of reasonably priced and high quality public education for the millennials and coming generations of students?

The experience of my family at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor represents the increasing generational debt load. My parents attended Michigan in the early 1970s. Due to low tuition and large state subsidies, they took on very little debt en route to…

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