None of the people pushing free college ever admit these facts.

Red Alert Politics reports.

Americans wouldn’t want Euro-style ‘free’ college — if they knew the facts

Higher education in Europe functions in society differently from higher education in United States, and that’s a barrier to European-style free college in America.

“Americans don’t actually want the kind of stripped-down higher education that could be provided at public expense,” Samuel Goldman wrote for The American Conservative.

Many college systems across Europe are free or low-cost for students. They even have better graduation rates than American universities. However, most European systems lack the access and flexibility of American higher education. American colleges are radically democratic in that the only obstacle is financial, and the federal government provides that largesse through grants, scholarships, and student loans.

Social and economic advancement, then, is a feature of American higher education. In European systems, that is not the case. A college degree isn’t expected by the majority of students, as it is in America, to lead to personal economic betterment.

A German college, unlike an American college, doesn’t have robust athletic programs, dormitories, non-academic amenities, and academic flexibility.

“German universities, in other words, are different from what most Americans have in mind when they think of college,” Goldman wrote. “Classes are generally large lectures at which attendance is strictly optional. Graduation is based on rigorous exams rather than modular coursework. And students choose their subjects of concentration prior to enrollment, and switching is not easy.”

Aside from optional class attendance, the German experience greatly differs from the American experience. If America imported the European model and made it free, most students would flee to private colleges for the American model.