1. Muffitt, Eleanor, Education should be free to everyone, at every level’, Telegraph, 19 Nov 2014, Web. retrieved from:
This is a piece of news report about the support of free university education by the journalist in Telegraph. In the piece of news, it is mentioned that thousands of students have flocked together to call for the free education and they demanded that the government should change their educational policies. This event can show the readers that even ordinary students nowadays have realized the importance of it. However, most importantly, this news report is not biased because the side from other party, which recommended and suggested that it is necessary to keep the education not free because those who pay for the education are the one who truly valued it. Therefore, by using this news report in the thesis, I would explain from both sides in a clear and sharp why to the readers about why it should or should not be free.
2. Samuels, Robert, Why Public Higher Education Should Be Free: How to Decrease Cost and Increase Quality at American Universities,Rutgers University Press, 2013. Print
In this book, ideas about why higher education should be free are explained in details. Firstly, in different chapters many perspectives which are concerned with the establishment of the education or the how the universities need to pay in order to keep it running are mentioned. For example, in this book, in the first chapter, the author has mentioned why tuition goes up but the quality of education goes down at the Research Universities in America. I think this point will encourage people to consider whether it is worth it for them to pay for the education which keeps going down and worse. In the end, it is mentioned that in a multicultural democracy, education should be free, indicating that free higher education is the symbol of an developed society.
3. N.a. Should College Education be free, debateorg. N.d. Web.
Although this is not a piece of formally written article in which the author explained in detail and in a logical manner about why university education should be free or should not be free, it is in fact useful for the author to expand more ideas in each side. In this website, the ideas of two sides have been mentioned and most importantly, the opinions represent those of the ordinary people instead of the professional writers or elites. As a result, some of the important points in the article could be quoted as the opinions from the public. Also, it is helpful in organizing the logic and the outline of the article.
4. Whewell, William, On the principles of English university education, J. W. Parker, 1983. Print.
In this book about the English university education, how the English education is had been mentioned. In one chapter, there is information which is quite critical for the side that denies free university education. In the book, it is said that usually in the free university system, the effect is not that satisfying because the system is not so well designed. I found this book to be useful to my article because it has provided us with a more detailed perspective that most people might have omitted. Also, it shall be noticed that in the book, the author has emphasized a lot of times on the word ”displine” so when I write the article, as I support the other side, I could make use of this point to do the rebuttal.
5. Balzer, W. K. Lean Higher Education: Increasing the Value and Performance of University Processes, CRC Press, 2010. Print.
In this book, the methods and ways of how to increase the value as well as the performance of the university education had been mentioned. In fact, I found this source to be useful and important because in the book, at the beginning, why university education is important had been stated. I believe that this point could be very helpful in the second part when I try to argue that free university education could help the nation be more equal. Also, it is essential to understand that how a school as well as its educational system could function. I think I could find evidence in the book to state that university education is not too luxury so there is no reason why the government should not spend any of the government funds to support it.
6. Boyle, Christopher, Hongzhi Zhang & Philip Wing Keung Chan, Equality in Education: Fairness and Inclusion, Springer, 2014. Print.
In this book, a few quotations can be made to support my own statements about why education should be made free. In my article, in the second part, I would explain the reasons why education should be made free: free education means more fairness and more equality in my life but I think I need real facts and evidence to support my argument. What is more, in the book, the author has written that “equal rights to education means all citizens have the same rights to access education and is the extension of a citizen’s equal political rights within the field of education.” By quoting this sentence in my article, I could demonstrate that if the education is not made free, it means that some people from the poor family cannot afford it.
7. Bein, Ken, What the Best College Teachers Do, Harvard University Press. 2011. Print.
By referring to this book, I am able to make the rebuttal about why it is not necessary to waste too much money on building the university. It is obvious that for those who are against the free higher education, they believe that making a university with good education costs too much that the government funds will not be able to cover it. However, in this book, ideas about what the qualified and excellent college teachers should do are mentioned. So quotes can be made to make the rebuttal against the other side to show that good educational system does not need a lot of money. On the contrary, it needs qualified professors.