WHEN I’M ELECTED #1

I’m going to be putting out WIE (When I’m Elected) posts from time to time, giving you sneak previews of how a country would work under my regime. This is the first post in that series, so I’d be really interested in hearing from all you readers what you think about it.

First off, though, I have to confess something. I haven’t really decided in which country I’d like to get elected, so you happen to be in luck. With enough persuasion, yours could be the lucky country!

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One of the major changes I plan to introduce is in the educational sector regarding colleges. Once I’m elected, it would no longer be necessary to go through college to get a degree.

There will be standard exam, or series of such exams, and upon completion of them one would be awarded a degree. It would be held at a national level, and a separate commission would be allocated the task for preparing the exam. This grants individuals the opportunity to earn a degree without sinking into college debt. By offering an alternative, in this case an independent pursuit of a degree, I would be challenging the monopoly that colleges, as an institution, have established over the educational sector.

There would be different exams for different degrees; the exam for Master’s degree would obviously differ from that of a Doctorate degree. Certain exams, such as those for Doctorate degrees, would also have prerequisites, for instance prior experience in a field, research in a field, and such.

How exactly would one pursue a degree independently? Books containing study material for the exams would be released in the market for individuals to purchase. All the books would be published by a single publication. However, should any other publication offer to publish better quality at cheaper price, I would award the contract to them. This would ensure strict competition keeping a check on price of the books.

Along with this, I would be providing free soft copies of the books to all those falling below a certain minimum income level. All one has to do to obtain the degree is show up on the date of the exams, which I plan to hold annually, and score a passing grade. This would produce a standardized value for all the degrees depending upon the grade achieved rather than the institution which awarded the degree.

Individuals who feel that they would require assistance in attempting the exams can hire tutors to help them. These tutors would likely be more affordable than four years’ worth of college. Teaching opportunities would grow. With individuals attaining degrees by themselves or through help of tutors, the demand for college is bound to drop, and if the demand supply theory holds true, the college tuitions would plummet as well.

Individuals would also have the liberty of deciding when to give the exams and for how long to prepare. In a constantly changing market environment, this measure would also act as a flexible means for proving knowledge of different subjects. Degrees would act as a formal certificate proving an individual’s adequacy in a particular field, and an individual’s opportunities would not need to remain restricted to a certain area and can span across a spectrum.

Under the college system, we have to decide by our mid twenties what we would like to do, and what would benefit one in life. But how can one know the future? How can one be certain that the industry which shows promise today wouldn’t sink in the next decade or two? To remain versatile is arguably one’s best bet, and my measure would make jackal of all trades a feasible option.

My measures would put a degree in the financial reach of all citizens, lower college tuitions for those adamant in experiencing the college life, offer flexibility and ease in attaining job proficiency, abolish differences in treatment of degrees on the basis of the institutions which granted them, and most importantly grant employees security by enabling them to adapt to changing environments.

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  1. Very interesting idea- I’ve already heard some professors discussing the fact that when lectures are readily available online (and some already are) universities will be in a lot of trouble anyway. It’s why so many professors didn’t like people recording their lectures. But I think in the long run lecturers can’t stop students doing audio recordings anyway. So yes, I think this is a possibility anyway.

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    1. I suppose I can count on your vote then? 😉

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  2. What a remarkably interesting idea! Even more interesting, you seem to have come up with this on your own. I’m beginning to suspect there’s hope for you yet, Aayush!

    Your concept deserves to become part of the national discourse. Hence, you might want to consider writing up a 600 or so word essay in a style suitable for an influential publication and then submitting it to, say, The Atlantic Monthly. You’re young, but you’re not too young to do it.

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    1. Wow. I never thought of actually submitting it somewhere. Should I rephrase it in some manner? Or is the current format acceptable?

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      1. I think it needs some work before you can submit it. There’s a couple things you can do. First, figure out where you want to submit it. Think big! Pick something very popular, very influential. If they don’t accept it, you can always work your way through other publications/sites.

        Second, email the editor asking for their style sheet and/or guidelines for submissions. That will tell you what sort of style they want their articles written in. Most of the best places for publication have their own style.

        The idea is a solid one. It’s not without flaw, but no idea is. It’s solid enough it should be floated as widely as possible.

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    2. And it’s been so long since you commented man. I was sooo looking forward to your insights.
      P. S don’t read my post on healthcare yet. I have to amend it a bit to make it better suited for your review. 😉

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      1. Thanks for the compliment! I won’t dare go near your healthcare article until you’ve amended it.

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      2. Thanks a lot for the idea, Paul. And if it’s not too much trouble, could you mention a few magazines that I should approach, other than the Atlantic Monthly that you already mentioned?

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      3. Although I think your idea could have bipartisan appeal, I’ll stick with conservative outlets for now. The National Review Online, The Weekly Standard, The American Spectator, The American Conservative, and The Christian Science Monitor. All good platforms, so far as I know.

        By the way, you should read The American Conservative in particular. It’s about real conservatism, as opposed to the fake stuff that tends to dominate the movement today. Just my opinion.

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      4. By the way, don’t get discouraged if you get turned down a few times. That’s routine for publishing. Just keep going at it.

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      5. Hey, three things I gotta share with you:
        1) You’re free to look at the healthcare post now. It’s been renamed to ‘Musings on Rights’
        2) I’d also ask you to take a glance at my latest post, cause it may require your attention.
        3) The American Conservative replied within a day saying they’re interested. I’ll be sending it to them by tomorrow, but I’d really appreciate it if you could take a look at the essay before I send it to them (me subtly asking you to drop your email id here so I can send you the essay)

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