Education Means To Be Free

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What does it mean to be free? It is a question mankind has always asked, and always will. From generation to generation, the question has received many different answers that were shaped by historical events and continuously changing ideology. What we define as freedom today in this country is different from other definitions in other regions and in other times. One theme among these answers is tying education and freedom together. One must be free from slavery, oppression, persecution, inequality, and debt. in order to be educated. Then once they are educated they will have the knowledge to keep their freedom. Education cannot take place without freedom, and freedom cannot be kept without education. For instance, one answer to the question…show more content…
However, one cannot be educated if they are not free, as the two go hand in hand. Having an education in history, politics, and government can keep one free from oppression and persecution. Having an education in any other field can keep one financially free. It is important, in addition to the career of one’s choosing, to have an education in history, politics, and government, to help them be aware of not only of their rights, but how those in the past have overcome oppression and how they can do the same. One can learn only in a state of freedom, and an education keeps them free. So while we have answered that an education keeps one free, another still remains: how do we become free in order to obtain our…show more content…
A person cannot have debt to attend school. A person cannot have debt and be entirely free. Financial freedom is a big concern in this country. While the other points could be applied to all levels of education, debt plays its biggest role in higher learning. Debt can come in the way of buying school supplies and other necessities during the public school years, but it is felt the strongest during the years of higher learning. During these years the student in question must be free of debts to be able to afford schooling. When a student enrolls in a school of higher learning, they are charged a tuition fee for each individual class. The class fee ranges anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand. In addition to this, they typically have one or two required textbooks for each class and those books can cost up to hundreds of dollars. These aren’t the only expenses as they still have to pay for their room if they are choosing to live on campus and they have to pay for everyday school supplies. The government and/or the higher learning institutions must play a role in helping these students achieve their goals through assistance, such as grants and
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