Biden explained that a high school diploma is no longer sufficient for the occupational demands of the 21st Century. What he did not say is that the college university system is broken and impractical - charging hundreds of thousands in some cases for degrees where there is no chance a student will be able to recover it.
Biden associates in Congress have for some time, pushed for similar steps to be taken by the new administration.
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., who is poised to become Senate Majority Leader if Democrats flip two outstanding Georgia Senate races in the January 5 runoffs, has prompted Biden to relieve the financial pressure opposing American students.
In comments earlier this month, Schumer called for an erasure of student loan debt, leading to $90 billion in arrears being held by students in the Empire State alone.
"College should be a ladder up, but student debt makes it an anchor down. For far too many students and graduate students, some years out of school, student loans and federal student loans are becoming a forever burden," Schumer announced back then.
Reps.-elect Mondaire Jones of Rockland County and Jamaal Bowman and Ritchie Torres of The Bronx, three newly-elected progressives headed to Congress from the metro region accompanied that statement with Schumer.
Biden's Twitter statement repeated pledges listed on his campaign website, which spoke to "invest[ing] in community colleges and training to improve student success" for the benefit of the middle class.
"All of these proposals will be implemented in partnership with states as well as school faculty and staff. Educators must play a key role in decisions affecting teaching and learning," read a remark on his webpage.
The tweet further came one day after Biden's announcement of Connecticut education commissioner Miguel Cardona as his planned choice for the U.S. Secretary of Education.
Though, it seems like not everyone is happy with the decision. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos knocked the push for free college as a “socialist takeover of higher education” throughout an online conference Tuesday.
“We’ve heard shrill calls to cancel, to forgive, to make it all free,” she said during the conference. “Any innocuous label out there can’t obfuscate what it really is: wrong. The campaign for free college is a matter of total government control.”
As education commissioner, Cardona has been a loud advocate of sending children back to school for in-person learning amid the coronavirus pandemic, noting the low transmission rate among children and the destructive setbacks of remote learning.
If approved, Cardona would be able to drive for reopenings nationwide, as Biden has promised to have most schools reopened by his 100th day in office.