This headline caught my attention today when I got home from school and glanced at the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle. It interested me because this decision will have a big impact on myself and others my age; and the headline picture consisted of students protesting at the state Capitol.
The picture reminded me of a previous heated debate over a blog entry about students protesting at the Olympic torch relay.
These possible budget cuts would raise the already high college tuition and also require colleges to cut down on spending, which sounds like bad news to me. As a junior in high school, college is constantly talked about, encouraged, and expected of me. I have no doubt that I will be able to get into a good college, but paying for it is another thing. I would say cost is one of the main concerns of students planning on going to college, and is sometimes the deciding factor of whether or not they go on to higher education.
Although college costs have always been pretty high during my lifetime (or since I started paying attention to college costs), I am shocked at how low tuition used to be only 15 years ago. It’s a shame that our current budget crisis is forcing tuition rates to rise and the quality of education in California to fall.
I understand cuts have to be made, but I don’t think they should be made in education. Education is the foundation of a prosperous, well informed society. We will not be able to achieve this or improve the state of things in lower class, crime-ridden cities (such as Oakland) if higher education is kept out of reach to those who need it most yet cannot afford it.
Another point I would like to bring up is the fact that nearly 2,000 people, mostly students, protested in Sacramento today to express their disapproval of the proposed measure. Although I know this is quite different from the protests over Tibet, it still brings up the topic of student activism.
When I saw this article I was pleased that so many people, mostly young people, went marching for something they believed in, as did the student activists for Tibet. I only hope to see more public involvement among students, for a lot of young adults today are too busy texting or checking their Facebook to pay attention to current events.