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NYU students want free college for everybody: ‘I think the government, like, has the budget to, like, fund it’

PragerU’s Will Witt took a trip to New York University recently and asked students on the prestigious Manhattan campus if college should be free for everybody.

Given the preponderance of left-wing attitudes on campuses today, you won’t be surprised that pretty much every single student responded with a resounding yes.

“Yeah, I think it’s a good idea,” one student said. “I think the government, like, has the budget to, like, fund it.”

When asked who would pay for free college, another student noted, “I think we should tax the wealthiest people in the country.”

Another opined that “if you’re seeing education as, like, a human right, then, like, yeah, like, it would be taxpayer money.”

Witt posed an interesting scenario to one student, saying that if he were a garbage collector who never went to college, is it fair that his tax dollars finance the student’s education — and the student hesitated at first but then finally replied “yes.”

It also appeared that few, if any, students at the elite school understood why college tuition continues to skyrocket — or even knew that student loans can’t be discharged in bankruptcy. But Witt filled them in.

Witt spoke to one student who said free college for all isn’t such a hot idea — and that not everybody should go to college: “There’s this, I guess, stigma that … if you don’t go to college you’re like wasting your life or, like, not living up to potential. But I think it should be, like, an exception … exceptional people going to college instead of, like, everybody going.”

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  1. paulette barrow

    May 10, 2019 at 2:44 am


    • Dean Perry

      May 10, 2019 at 2:21 pm

      They are the ones in college, homeschooled.

  2. Annabel

    May 10, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    For decades I have been saying not everyone needs to go to college. In the U.K.
    back in the fifties we took the 11+ exam which determined whether one went to a high school that concentrated on the classics, or one that concentrated on art, nursing subjects, secretarial subjects. Both of those schools one could prepare for university or the third school which specialized in trade schools, plumbing, carpentry etc. The 11+ was a very accurate testing of where a child was leaning. It was for me as I went to the high school that concentrated on the creative skills, my sister took the classics and a cousin the trade school. He actually ended up travelling the world as a deep sea diver for large organizations. So spot on for all of us.

    • Dean Perry

      May 10, 2019 at 2:22 pm

      Right! There is a different between education and vocation.

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