Saturday, November 21, 2009

UC protesters---good for them

Students in the University of California system of colleges are protesting over tuition hikes that will likely make them unaffordable to many students who attend. Universities and colleges are the last official route in the United States to upward mobility. It's no longer possible to "work your way up" in a company or otherwise find a path from point A to point B like that when you start off pretty far down in the social ladder. Education remains the equalizer that everyone points to, although of course there are lots of problems with our educational system as well. State schools were specifically created so that regular people could go to college. Without this method for social advancement people at the bottom are basically fucked, and the last vestiges of the claim that the U.S. is a meritocracy go out the window.

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