No matter which side of the aisle you're on, we can unanimously agree that education is critical to a prosperous nation. We also can agree that education should be as affordable as possible. The disagreements have to do with how this is done. History shows that the less government is involved with education, the better. Simply look at what NCLB and Common Core are doing to our standards! There should never be a glass ceiling placed on student achievement. Firstly, we should encourage more funding of universities at the state and local level. We can do this by cutting unnecessary spending at the federal level, which will allow us to lower federal income taxes and leave it to the states to collect these funds. Secondly, we should direct funding to and encourage students to spend time in community colleges. These institutions serve as cheaper alternatives to universities, and often are used as stepping stones for students with the desire to attend a university. Thirdly, we should work to bring as many manufacturing jobs back to America as possible. As Marco Rubio put it, our country needs a lot more welders and less philosophers. These jobs don't always require college degrees and they pay more money than typical entry-level jobs. We need to keep the government out of education, but allow it to encourage and enforce policies that create an education friendly environment.