ps: i don't really get that counterclaim part ^^; but... if what i think is true, then... you don't agree 100% to the idea, and you're just giving view from the pro and cons. It is good, but if you're going to write an argumentative paragraph... it'd be better to not include those
The grading rubric requires us to have a counterclaim in our essay. But if it was me, I would not include any counterclaims either because I am supporting the idea that colleges should be free and I would rather leave out the cons for a better chance of winning to persuade someone. Whatever the school wants I suppose.
A few examples of counterclaims for this prompt:
If colleges were all free, then the state would have to pay for all the incoming students. That would result in higher taxes, very costly for sure. And note that not everyone wants to go to a third level of education.
When people pay, they value it more. Students who apply for free colleges would have poor motivation and study habits because there is always another chance for them because all colleges in the state are going to be free.
For the introductory paragraph for my essay, I am planning on using the topic that California, as well as many other states, have constitutions that requires that state universities be free of tuition for residents of the state. The constitution worked well until 1965, universities began creating "fees". These "fees" rises commonly up to five or even fifteen percent in a single year. Imagine taking four years of college while these "fees" went up to sixty percent by the time you graduate and compare it to when you first entered the campus.
The supporting paragraphs will include:
The families that cannot afford college for their children that are very smart and would like to go to college but they are not able to. Studies have shown that lower-income families have children that know that college is too costly as often as in the grade eight and make their path for the future accordingly.
A modern country needs highly skilled graduates of all kinds. Not just skills that attracts employers but the creative new knowledge of the next graduating classes in college that will be a tremendous resource to the society as a whole.
Discrimination in employment would be less if we all had equal opportunity to education. Some people would become great people if they had a education. (I am not really sure if I will use this supporting detail or not yet, I am still researching for more.)
If I do have to include a counterclaim for this essay, I will most likely use one of the two on top. Preferably this one: If colleges were all free, then the state would have to pay for all the incoming students. That would result in higher taxes, very costly for sure. And note that not everyone wants to go to a third level of education.
My concluding paragraph will be a short summary of my intentions (like what you posted Icy Ciel
) and I will also include a call to action.