In regard to the Jan. 3 editorial, "Community college tuition waivers," there isn't much to argue against. College debt is out of control, nothing is compromised with a two-year degree, opening doors so many more may attend is great and on and on.
Please know that getting into most any college is the easy part. Then there's having the maturity to work on one's own versus having a parent lead the charge in whining about unfair grades, thus artificially inflating GPAs, since a parent is never wrong, and for an educator it is easier to cave to parents' demands than standing their ground.
Add to that the parents' demands that educators must accept their child's late work because the parent says so, and don't forget parents excusing most any absence because an unexcused absence isn't cool; the same goes for being as late as one wants or often.
Although this is a limited sample of things educators must kowtow to, it goes on more than the general public wishes to know. Yes, these self-limiting behaviors work for the short term, but never in a college setting, or in a work setting. I report this with 39 years of high school experience and have seen this and tons more firsthand.
High school is a safe place to learn to fail and grow from one's mistakes. Trust me. Yes, a free community college education can be a good thing. I mentioned that getting into college is easy. It's being successful semester after semester for up to eight semesters that is the tricky part. A "free education" will never replace work ethic and/or maturity, regardless of how many times a parent tells you otherwise.