4cal wrote:I'll turn it around. "Giving" is the wrong thing to do. PhD's just don't happen. She or he decided they wanted to pursue X and if a PhD was necessary to obtain it...they went after it.
Now, is your question, "What is the principal reasons for not giving people the same opportunity to pursue great educations"? Because then I think you're on to something. What is the reason? There are many reasons I guess. I'm hoping this isn't it but the old adage that goes like this seems to be at work:
"Nothing changes because those that can change the situation have too much invested in maintaining the status quo."
Just some thoughts on this....
We should forget trying to define education....some of the most successful people never went to college.
We should forget trying to define success....some of the happiest people I know are wage earners and you wouldn't call them runaway successes
We should forget trying to define happiness...what satisfies you is not what may satisfy me.
So what should we do? I think we should provide experiences galore for kids. Show them Yosemite; what the ocean looks like; overnight at an observatory; visit the industrial farms to understand that what you see on your plate has roots (pardon the pun) somewhere that involves people who get their hands dirty both with dirt and the blood of pigs and cows. See transportation up close, how stuff is transported around the nation. Push the kids to not only study for the test but learn why there is a Yosemite Valley, why the Oceans are so active at some points and so placid at others, get a feel for the distant planets and heavenly bodies.... Many kids won't care about the trip to the observatory or to the distribution hub but some will. I bet you get some process engineers out of
4cal, for me? The society has to start investing in its people. All of its people. My chief complaint is about too many people who don't get any opportunities to be an educated person. For many, many reasons. Got to stop wasting human potential. The 'excuse' they give is about---too expensive. Can't educate youngsters from the working class because those people have bad habits, and are surrounded by people with the wrong habits. Too hard. Can't get teachers who are qualified and do that job because let us face it? Some great teacher who speaks ten languages and knows how to teach science, math and difficult concepts is not going to accept some shit poverty wage in a ghetto. So? Let us give up on that and settle for shit. Etc etc.
There is lack of political will, lack of social will and lack of economic will, and because of that? We waste MILLIONS of human potentials and it is a deliberate lack of effort. That is my point.
When are we going to stop doing that? WHEN?
y deja que mi alma se- pierda en- tus riachuelos
para buscar la fuente que te robó de niño
y en un ímpetu loco te devolvió al sendero.