This year’s election has proven to be one for the record books. Between problems with the economy, issues of race, questions of age, and nasty personal attacks, the candidates and their running mates seem to have discussed any and almost all issues. Last night marked the 2nd of the 3 presidential debates (On Hulu.com, you can view the Presidential Debates in full). Why is this particular debate important to us? Because the issue of student loans. Student loans fund and fuel the education in the US. From undergrads to graduate students, to even those who have graduated from higher education years ago, they play a big part in people’s lives. Many people though, are not aware that the private student loan industry crashed months ago.
For those who watched the post-debate recap on ABC, it featured Charles Gibson speaking to a focus group of students about their opinions. The group featured an even number of Obama and McCain supporters and also a number of students who were still on the line. A major issue that was addressed was education and student loans, and while a large majority gave Obama more credit to discussing this topic than McCain, in all seriousness it wasn’t discussed enough.
We really hope the issue of student loans comes to light and receives more coverage in the main stream media. The issue of people defaulting on student loans, the decline in available federal student aid, and the rising costs of tuition really need more light before our education system meets a crisis as well. There have been many instances where students have been unable to graduate from college because of financial hardships and if the candidates are turning a blind eye to this issue, they’re essentially turning a blind eye to education.
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