What do you think? Should education be a right or a privilege?
To be fair, I’m mostly talking about education beyond high-school or even college. But with rising costs of tuition, the inconvenience of attending, or the enormous time pursuing, it offers us this kind of choice of going back-to-school or continuing as already predetermined.
In this way, education is a privilege afforded by those who either have the money (or worse, student loans), the time (balancing work, school, and life responsibilities), or convenience (or at least managing it).
But what if education was a right?
Where institutions of higher learning would provide free and low-cost continuing education; where employers would give money and sabbatical time for renewing and gaining skills; where society would embrace lifelong learning and education, as learning for-its-own-sake, to become more informed and enlightened citizens of communities.
This is what engaged-learning could be—and should be: Linking education for everyone at all stages of life and learning.
So, returning to the question: Should education be a right or a privilege? Or better, should we never have to answer this question because someday we will experience no difference.