...education is tax-funded from kindergarten through college. Students undergo a series of aptitude and personality tests between 4th and 8th grades which find the areas in which they are most interested, adept and physically and mentally suited. Their courses from grade 9 onward are tailored for a personalized education plan, which places them on either a vocational or college career track. People are now in education programs in which they are both interested and prepared. Drop-out rates plunge, graduates are prepared and enthusiastic, and major student loan debt is a thing of the past.
Sound good? It *is* possible, and it would boost our economy, lower the number dependant upon social welfare programs, and potentially reduce the crime rate.
The cost, of course, would be huge, and would require completely reworking how tax dollars are appropriated. We'd have to cut quite a bit of foreign aid and defense spending, but in the long term, such a program would be sustainable, and the benefit would be worth trading in for the hundreds of billions we spend on other countries and our apparently paranoid fear of them.
What do you think?
And for the record, the word "socialist" doesn't evoke feelings of panic and fear in me. lol
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