National Year of Service for Free College as an EA Idea
This is mostly anecdotal and n of 1; interested to hear the community's thoughts.
Point (1) was a well-told story! Very interesting to read.
This kind of idea seems like it could be net-positive, but any major national policy change with no strong advocates (there are others who want this, but I haven't seen any show up in the news for years) isn't likely to be the kind of project an EA-aligned organization could pursue; our community is too tiny to even register as an "interest group".
...if it gets people exposed to the world of the global poor...
I've always seen advocates for other forms of this plan discuss service within one's country. If this is taxpayer-funded, it seems really unlikely that many (if any) people would be allowed to serve abroad. Even if this were permitted, it would be a much more expensive option than serving in one's own city, and I can't picture many people choosing it.