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23rd-Nov-2006 09:13 am
Something to keep the hearth fires burning warmly this Thursday morning...WITH RAGE.

From Public Colleges as 'Engines of Inequality' in The New York Times today:

In recent years, aid to students whose families earn over $100,000 has more than quadrupled at the public flagship and research universities. Incredibly, the average institutional grant to students from high-income families is actually larger than the average grant to low- or middle-income families.
Okay, that excerpt speaks for itself. In spades.

Oh, and, just in case you're inclined not to believe this, the stats come from a non-partisan foundation called Education Trust, which is, as its name implies, dedicated to reform in education.
23rd-Nov-2006 02:24 pm (UTC)
So, if you're wealthy you not only have a better chance of getting into college, but once there your tuition is LESS than that of poor students?


When I was in Sarasota, a student from Jordan was talking about how he and others had to leave the country to go to grad school, because the public universities in Jordan, though technically open to all, are really only open to the wealthy elites of the country.. Sounds like we're going the same way......

And you probably already know, the average grant award has been going down, and interest rates on loans have been going up.. Meanwhile, tuition increases have far outpaced inflation....
23rd-Nov-2006 02:27 pm (UTC)
Where does the poor person go to college if not within the US, though, huh? :P

Hey, aren't you going to Disney?
23rd-Nov-2006 02:32 pm (UTC)
Poor people shouldn't go to college, we need them to stock shelves and cook our french fries, and pay for the education of the rich! >_<

Disney tomorrow ^_^ Today it's another family holiday spent all alone ;_;
23rd-Nov-2006 02:43 pm (UTC)
It's not really the super-wealthy vs. the poor--it's the middle class vs. the poor. The super-wealthy have always had the game stacked in their favor. Now, we're just totally shafting the underprivileged.

You shoulda come up to visit me. Italian family dinner and all...
23rd-Nov-2006 02:55 pm (UTC)
Haven't we always been shafting the poor? >_<

Mmmm, what are you having for dinner? ^_^
23rd-Nov-2006 04:56 pm (UTC)
Always. But isn't telling the poor we're helping them out while in reality shafting them more even worse than leaving them wholly without hope from the get-go?

I'm not sure what we're having. We only started celebrating with my father's family recently, so I've not yet gotten a handle on what the Italian side does on Thanksgiving.
23rd-Nov-2006 05:44 pm (UTC)

No wonder most of Europe has a higher rate of upward social mobility than the "land of opportunity".......

Hee, you'll probably have turkey and mashed potatoes ^_~
23rd-Nov-2006 03:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah...the more $ you make in the great US of A the better the breaks are, all around. It's weird, logically thinking, more help would go to those in need. Oh...there I go, off dreamming again!
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