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Piers Morgan: College Tuition 'Heart Of America's Educational Problem' (VIDEO)

First Posted: 02/ 2/2012 1:18 pm Updated: 02/ 2/2012 2:34 pm

Piers Morgan offered a harsh critique of the American educational system on his Wednesday show.

The CNN host was interviewing finance guru Suze Orman in front of an audience. In a question-and-answer session, one audience member wanted to know if her son should take out student loans to attend a prestigious university, or accept a full scholarship to a lower-tier school. Morgan called the dilemma a "brilliant question" that "cuts to the absolute heart of America's educational problem." He said that the student was clearly "very bright," but was being priced out of the very best education.

"Welcome to America, Piers!" Orman said. She advised the student to go to the college that gave him a full scholarship.

"I refuse to believe that what gets you a great job, what makes a great career, is the school that you went to," she said.

Morgan came down harder on the inequalities of the American educational system. "Bright students should not be priced out of this kind of educational opportunity," he said. "The government of this country should be looking at this specific kind of case and fixing it so these students are not laden with debt."

CNN's lineup:
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  • 5-7 AM: Ashleigh Banfield and Zoraida Sambolin

    Banfield (shown here) and Sambolin are set to host a new morning show starting in early 2012).

  • Zoraida Sambolin

    Sambolin has been a host for a local Chicago station.

  • 7AM-9AM: Soledad O'Brien

    O'Brien is slated to start her new morning show in early 2012.

  • 9AM-11AM -- CNN Newsroom with Kyra Phillips

  • 11AM-1PM -- CNN Newsroom with Suzanne Malveaux

  • 1 PM- 2 PM: Randi Kaye

  • 2PM-4PM -- CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin

  • 4PM-6PM -- The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer

  • 6PM-7PM -- John King USA

  • 7PM-8PM -- Erin Burnett

  • 8PM-9PM -- Anderson Cooper

  • 9PM-10PM -- Piers Morgan Tonight

  • 10PM-11PM -- Anderson Cooper (Repeat)

  • 6AM-7:30AM -- CNN Saturday Morning (Formerly with T.J. Holmes)

  • 7:30AM-8:00AM -- Sanjay Gupta MD

  • 8AM-9AM -- CNN Saturday Morning (Formerly with T.J. Holmes)

  • 9:30AM-10AM -- Your Bottom Line with Christine Romans

  • 10AM-1PM -- CNN Saturday Morning (Formerly with T.J. Holmes)

  • 1PM-2PM: Your Money

  • 2PM -- CNN Newsroom

  • 6AM-7:30AM -- CNN Sunday Morning (Formerly with T.J. Holmes)

  • 7:30AM-8:00AM -- Sanjay Gupta MD

  • 8AM-9AM -- CNN Sunday Morning (Formerly with T.J. Holmes)

  • 9AM-10AM: State of the Union with Candy Crowley

    Correction: A previous version of this slide misspelled Crowley's first name.

  • 10AM-11AM: Fareed Zakaria GPS

  • 11AM-12PM -- Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz

  • 12PM-1PM: State of the Union with Candy Crowley

    Correction: A previous version of this slide misspelled Crowley's first name.

  • 1PM-2PM -- Fareed Zakaria GPS

  • 2PM-3PM -- The Next List

  • 3PM-4PM -- Your Money

  • 4PM: CNN Newsroom

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