by Jon Shelton
Two Justice's preoccupation with the fairness of relieving student debt proclaimed a concern that the government not pick economic winners and losers. But the student debt crisis reflects a decades-long bipartisan sales pitch, backed by policy, that college is the individual's path to prosperity. That pitch is now wearing thin.
SOURCE: The American Prospect
by Kelly Grotke
"Higher education has been captured by a vicious circle of financialization, which is destroying it as an affordable and widely available right of the citizenry, and as an engine of social mobility."
SOURCE: Woodrow Wilson Center and National History Center
Elizabeth Tandy Shermer shows that Democrats and Republicans intentionally wanted to create a student loan industry instead of generously funding colleges and universities, which eventually left millions of Americans drowning in student debt. Zoom, Monday, Oct. 4, 4:00 PM EDT.
Writer Anne Helen Petersen says that understanding the broken student loan system requires rejecting the narrative of individual choice and focusing on the history and social effects of debt.
SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
by Elizabeth Tandy Shermer
The federal student loan system has always been a smokescreen for government's failure to support higher education as a public good.
SOURCE: Harvard Magazine
A Harvard Law School initiative to check predatory student lending must contend with the entanglement of federal student lending programs and for-profit education providers, which dates to the Servicemen's Readjustment Act (GI Bill of Rights) of 1944.
Jenny Adams, an Associate Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, discovered the story begins in the Middle Ages.
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