Research Links and Discussion Questions for February 2022 Topics

Jan 28, 2022 | Ideas For Teachers


Issue 1: Free College Tuition S.1288 “College for All Act of 2021”
Heritage Foundation OpEd: “The High Cost of Free College Tuition”
Peter G. Peterson Foundation: “What Is Free College and How Much Cost?”
Cato Institute: “Free College Will Hike Costs for Taxpayers”
Roll Call: “Proposed Education Spending Hike Faces Resistance in Senate
Philadelphia Inquirer: “Should Public College Be Free? Pro Con”
Issue 2: Free Child Care H.R.5376 “Build Back Better Act”
Kaiser Family Foundation: “Women, Work and Family During COVID Survey”
First Five Years Fund: “Child Care System Is Not Meeting the Needs of Families”
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: “Economic Impact of Childcare Breakdown”
Politico: “A Lack of Child Care Is Keeping Women on Unemployment Rolls”
Center for Law and Social Policy: “Things to Know about Child Care and BBB”


Issue 1: Free College Tuition
  1. Are you for or against U.S. taxpayers funding free college tuition? Why?
  2. Would implementing taxpayer-funded college tuition make it too easy for colleges to raise costs, knowing the government will pay for them? Why or why not?
  3. Should there be a cap on tuition that would be considered “free?” How should incidental costs be covered? How would existing student financial aid programs be affected?
  4. Would tuition-free public college expand access to education for American families, or restrict it? Why?
  5. Providing government-funded college tuition would no doubt increase the number of students who register at community colleges. Would this encourage or discourage innovation among those institutions?
Issue 2: Free Child Care
  1. Should the government subsidize the cost of childcare for all families? Why or why not?
  2. Should child care be left to individual families or is it a societal issue? Justify and defend your position using reasoning and logic.
  3. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) said, “It’s impossible to have a strong economy when it’s too expensive to work because of child care.” Do you agree with her statement? Why or why not?
  4. How is the issue of making child care affordable tied to gender equality?
  5. Would providing taxpayer-funded child care to poor, disadvantaged and low-skilled households level the playing field for these populations? Why or why not?