Mohawk Valley Community College will receive a $250,000 federal grant to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds, U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna announced this morning.Wow ... this sounds like great news. Who could be against helping disadvantaged students?
MVCC's Upward Bound program "aims to generate the skills and motivation necessary to complete a higher education degree," according to a news release. Students eligible to participate include first-generation college students, low-income students and those with disabilities.Nice -- but how is this different from what we are already paying for? Aren't our schools supposedly already geared to generate skills necessary to complete a higher education degree?
And how does a federal program generate "MOTIVATION? The implication is that first-generation college students, low-income students, and those with disabilities somehow are not motivated.
Now consider that about 40 cents of every dollar of this grant (or about $100,000) is being borrowed by the federal taxpayer.
One's education is the responsibility of the parents, and ultimately, the students themselves. There are so many opportunities already out there that no one should be lacking the education they want if they are really motivated. No federal program can substitute for what must come from within.
What this program is ... like many others ... is to foster a culture of dependency on the federal government. Look at the "Life of Julia" scenario promoted by the current administration. The implication is that people need the federal government to get by. But they don't . . .
The only thing Upward Bound by this program is our National Debt .... Debt to purchase government control of many people.