May 25th, 2005


Public Schooling.

The New York Times articles I URL'ed earlier have apparently spawned a lot of talking about the American Class System and how it's rooted in schooling (NPR was discussing it during our lunch outing today, frex). Well, none of this is really news to me... in fact, most people have wondered why I have a strong commitment to the public schools, and this is why.

OK, that's a bit out of hand if you've not been reading the articles. Basically, it says that (surprise) higher-income students have a greater liklihood of making it in the elite schools, and thus have a higher liklihood of success in life. Well, no shit.

But I see the public schools as being the chance to educate lower-income students very well.... if only others shared my vision. But if my ideal fantasies about this could play out, our society as a whole could be in a better position to meet the needs of today's US markets, to make better decisions about political processes, or even be better consumers. I mean, the educational system *is* what we have as the foundation to the society, and most people go to public schools in America.

And thus, now you all know my reasons for being so strongly behind public schooling. And to my mind, supporing public schooling means I go to it, I involve myself in it, I contribute to it. And thus, I dedicate myself to going to public schools only.. it's just a part of my ethics. Yes, I know that I alone can't change the whole system, but I can change my own little part of it.

(And if I ever do attain my goal of being a professor, I'll only teach at public schools.)

OK, wives' tale dismissed...

I have heard this a lot, so I'm just pointing out how it's not true here... according to NYT's "The College Dropout Boom":

If anything, children of privilege think that the system has moved so far from its old-boy history that they are now at a disadvantage when they apply, because colleges are trying to diversify their student rolls. To get into a good college, the sons and daughters of the upper middle class often talk of needing a higher SAT score than, say, an applicant who grew up on a farm, in a ghetto or in a factory town. Some state legislators from Northern Virginia's affluent suburbs have argued that this is a form of geographic discrimination and have quixotically proposed bills to outlaw it.

The elite colleges have not been giving much of a break to the low-income students who apply. When William G. Bowen, a former president of Princeton, looked at admissions records recently, he found that if test scores were equal a low-income student had no better chance than a high-income one of getting into a group of 19 colleges, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Williams and Virginia. Athletes, legacy applicants and minority students all got in with lower scores on average. Poorer students did not.

Yup, sorry folks... the disadvantaged are still disadvantaged.

ok, back on the market.

So, I know I've posted a lot today, but I've been sitting around waiting for the final offer from the company, and..... it's not a living wage. So, I'm back on the market, looking for a job again. Woo.
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