Socialist Salon is DSA's monthly forum to discuss the politics, economics, theory, and practice of democratic socialism.
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Socialist Salon Monthly Discussion Forum is generally held on the Third Thursday of the month.
The topic for this month will be student loan debt.
Student loan debt in the United States now exceeds $1 trillion. Higher education is increasingly treated as an individual commodity, rather than a public good or an investment in our collective future.
We will be discussing what this means for students and for society as a whole and what we can do to make student loan repayment simple and fair.
The Financial Cost of Higher Education:
Why student aid is NOT driving up college costs (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/the-urban-legend-of-the-bennett-hypothesis-or-why-student-aid-is-not-driving-up-college-costs/2012/05/31/gJQAFvEX5U_blog.html) - The Washington Post
What drives up the cost of college tuition? (http://www.classesandcareers.com/education/2011/02/10/what-drives-up-the-cost-of-college-tuition/) - Classes and Careers
Wrong Solutions on Loans (http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2013/04/12/political-solutions-student-loan-problem-fall-short-essay) - Inside Higher Ed
Human Impact of Student Debt:
Your student loan isn’t really a loan (http://www.salon.com/2013/06/05/let_college_students_go_bankrupt/) – Salon
The Soul of Student Debt (http://jacobinmag.com/2012/12/the-soul-of-student-debt/) – Jacobin
Default: The Student Loan Documentary (http://vimeo.com/14215806) (27-minute film) - Vimeo
Ensuring That Student Loans are Affordable (http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education/higher-education/ensuring-that-student-loans-are-affordable) – The White House
Proposed Actions :
DSA Drop Student Debt Campaign (http://www.dsausa.org/current_campaigns) - DSA
Goals for Ending the Student Debt Crisis (http://occupystudentdebt.com/goals) - Occupy Student Debt