Today, a bachelor's degree is the new high school diploma - most employers will automatically reject resumes if the applicant does not have a bachelor's degree, even if the applicant has relevant experience and qualifications. In some fields, licensure is mandated by law, and a person must go to college to get their license. Unfortunately, millions of Americans (such as myself) can't afford to pay college tuition, even at public universities. Because of this, poor people are locked out of well-paying jobs. Since they can't get good jobs, they stay poor despite their efforts and merits, and the entire economy stagnates. The United States should recognize that the right to a basic education, which currently guarantees every US citizen a high school education, also covers post-secondary education as well, so that our citizens can keep up in an ever-more educated, competitive global economy.