(This challenge isn’t all that difficult for me as I will often argue both sides of any argument depending on which one needs the most support. What follows is the point of view of a friend from the last “disagreement” I had with them regarding the need for everyone to have a college education.)
College is for everyone.
We, as a society, benefit every bit as much as the individual benefits from that advanced knowledge and experience attained by those who attend college and seek a degree. A more educated populace means more demand for higher paying jobs, which means more taxes being collected, which means those unable to work have better resources at their disposal, which means health care costs go down for everyone, which means more money in the pockets of everyone, which means more people are willing to spend money, which means more jobs at all levels are needed… This creates a self replicating cycle, because more highly educated people will be needed to fill those jobs, and we start again.
While you may argue that not every job requires the skills and experiences attained from a 2 or 4 year degree, I believe that perhaps if someone with a higher education took up one of those careers they would see a way to improve it, to reduce cots, to increase output, to benefit the company they work for and the society as a whole.
While you may argue that the sheer cost of college will become a detriment to those who are unable to find a high paying position despite their advanced education and thus create a burden on society rather than a bonus, I believe that the overwhelming majority of people will be able to find work. That majority will easily cover the cost of those unable to pay back their college debt. Besides, to make college a goal for us all to realistically achieve we will have to greatly reduce tuition anyway.
What other arguments do you have? What flaws do you see in this plan?