So I’ve got an itch that I wanted to scratch. I would do it on facebook, but I had a business owner advise me against it.
I think it’s fairly safe to say that in the US it’s the general consensus that public school for free is a good thing. I don’t think there’s any prominent thought to do away with public schooling for free (though of course there are anarcho-capitalists… but we’re talking about the other 99.9% of the population that doesn’t live in their mom’s basement). So public schooling became prominent as the educational needs of the population shifted in light of the industrial revolution. More people moving to cities, less agrarian living, etc.
We are on the verge of the fourth industrial revolution. AI and automation are going to drastically change the work market (nobody knows how, but it’s a fairly well agreed upon outlook). Why would opening up universities for free be socialism? The first thirteen years (not counting pre-K either) are all on us, but the next four to eight are on you and it’s up to you to pick yourself up by the bootstraps and be a productive member of society.
This is also not even looking at the additional taxes that someone will pay over their lifetime as a consequence of earning more. This is just speaking about educating people to an actual level of competence where they’re fit for entry into a career that is able to sustain a family.