Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson recently stated in an interview with Glenn Beck that if elected as President, he would not eliminate the Department of Education but instead repurpose its function. Carson’s plans to keep the Department of Education in order to monitor politically biased speech on college campuses contradict the popular opinion of the conservative movement.
“I actually have something I would use the Department of Education to do,” Carson said in the interview. “It would be to monitor our institutions of higher education for extreme political bias and deny federal funding if it exists.”
Although this right-wing candidate stands for less government involvement, his political plans suggest otherwise. Revoking university funding for political bias would involve federal officials punishing speech based on its own opinionated criteria, a violation of the First Amendment.
Students may be forced to divert to private universities if funding is taken away from public schools in violation of Carson’s new plan. This possibility of defunding public universities and enrollment diversion could put a strain on the enrollment capacity and financial aid offerings of private universities.
A surplus of students entering into a private university would impact financial aid availability, class registration, and compromise the integrity of its doctrinal statement.
“It is really important that we research who we vote for in the next presidential election. Just because someone is a conservative and anti-abortion, it doesn’t mean they are the automatic choice to vote for,” said TMC student Samantha Alisa.
Longer waitlists and graduation times may be in store for students in the coming years. Loan payments would increase prolonging dependence on parents.
Students are forced to not only think about how their voting implications could affect them as standing, but also how it will affect their surrounding communities. The possibility of a student enrollment surplus incoming to TMC in the following years will greatly impact the course of their education.
By Ashley DeVan