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In matters of education, it is difficult to form an opinion on whether it is better to leave the responsibility up to the private or public sectors. Education costs are rising, with some calling it the newest “bubble.” Thus, it is difficult to determine who should face these costs. Are students responsible because they are the ones making the decision to attend? However, if more students graduating from college is beneficial to society then shouldn’t the government be encouraging it? It is difficult to say. Furthermore there is a wide array of options within policy. Countries all over the world have developed systems ranging from free and paid for by the government to the government just paying for specific parts.

One source that was helpful in discussing policy was Daniel Levy’s writing. This reading jumps into the details of different countries, their policies, and the various ways students pay for education. Such a resource would prove invaluable in examining several important options for alternatives to how the education system prices/payments are currently set up in the United States. One challenge of this resource is the way it depends upon private and public institutions. It is an important fact to consider and one I had not fully thought about before. Should the government only pay for public universities and leave private up to those who choose to attend, much the way primary school is set up? What backlashes would this cause? Would public schools then be forced to become better institutions? Due to the encouraged thinking by Levy’s Private vs Public Financing of Higher Education, this source has helped me to develop my thought process and acted as an excellent source to support my new and old ideas.

In regards to biases, this paper is considered a safe source given that most is fact. However, even within fact there can be biases thus I will be double-checking any facts I intend to use within my paper.




Levy, Daniel. “Private versus Public Financing of Higher Education: U.S. Policy in Comparative Perspective.” JSTOR. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Dec. 2014.


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