posted on Sep, 30 2014 @ 01:58 PM
I've been on both sides of this. As a kid I went to the private schools and growing up my family was fairly well off. Not Skull and Bones or
Bullingdon Club wealthy but rich enough that traveling abroad just because was a regular thing every year, and enough money that there was no need
based financial aid available at all for college.
I wouldn't say the people I knew were arrogant but there was definitely money around. My HS had a 95% rate of graduates going on to and finishing
college. The joke around my town was that the school had just as many drugs as everywhere else, it's just that we had them served on a silver
platter and most of the students would drive brand new sports cars.
Fast forward a couple years and I was completely cut off from that lifestyle. I got ill and was told I was simply being lazy when I couldn't get out
of bed, that lasted from age 18-23. Eventually I "recovered" enough that I could go back to school but I had to wait a few years as I had to be 25
before my families income would stop counting against me and then it was budget schools... but that means I learn the material.
Something I find to be backwards in education is that the easiest classes are also the most prestigious. Yale, Harvard, Oxford, etc are all great
schools to have on a transcript but their classes according to the people who have gone to them and other schools say the Ivy League schools are the
easiest. You can see this reflected in their graduation rates. My current school has a graduation rate of 17% and my program specifically has a rate
of 8%. My same program at MIT for comparison has a graduation rate of 97%. Yale and Harvard are 98% and 99%. It is literally buying a degree. You
would think the opposite would be true, a smaller school is going to pass more people while the prestigious school is more critical and it would be
tougher to graduate from.
Based just on finances the poor have a significantly tougher time to succeed with an education. The wealthy are practically guaranteed degrees while
only the exceptional from the lower classes can get one. Then you have the fact that the wealthy get to network with other wealthy individuals in
school and they get even more of an advantage. Finally when you add in the weight of their degree a person from Yale practically becomes a guaranteed
hire while someone from a smaller school simply has the minimum requirement.
When it comes to the idea that we're no longer teaching people how to think, only to memorize an answer I agree but I have a different take on the
reason why. As a society we have been putting more and more focus on STEM and medical fields. These aren't necessarily bad fields but most of them
are very dry subjects. We are becoming like China which has a nation of citizens who can answer the difficult questions but are incapable of coming
up with new creative solutions. In my mind the way we create those solutions is to inspire the populace: art, music, literature, and all the rest.
These days we mock people who go into those fields, yet those are precisely what inspire us to greatness.
Lets take Star Trek ToS. It was written by a guy who could dream of a future with various technologies. Gene Roddenbury showed what was possible and
his vision inspired us to actually go and create those techs. Doors that open when you walk near, cell phones, tricorders, and others. It has even
been a major motivating force in us trying to create warp drive. Without creativity and works of art to show that creativity we would have made a new
hinge rather than an infrared door. This is where we are losing out these days, and to tie it back to TV how many new shows do we have that actually
create ideas? They're all rehashes of things that have already been done, that's just regurgitating the answer.