With no means-testing for free college, the poor and middle class would be required to subsidize tuition for rich students. Currently, 65.9 percent of high school graduates already enroll in college, but for those students who prefer an alternative route, they would reap the costs without the plan’s benefits.
Students who master exams, memorize facts, and academic-style skills will be advantaged above minds that are more creative or business-oriented. That is positive for students who want to pursue a career in academia, but it is by no means better for general society. The conceit of Bernie Sanders’ plan ignores diversity within society. Helping students afford college who would otherwise succeed is an important policy issue. However, not every high-school graduate should attend college.