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Posted by: Uranian Willie ( (The Heavy Metal Kid who Wised Up the Marks) ) on October 31, 1999 at 18:22:42:

In Reply to: I am convinced that anyone who really wants an education can get it. posted by DonS on October 29, 1999 at 11:02:00:

: Don: My family didn't have the money to send me to a university, and I never finished high school. So I went to a local community college. From there, I got a Regents scholarship to UCSD, which paid for two years of schooling. It took me thee years--I used loans and various jobs to pay for the third year. Later, I went back to school for my masters. I worked my way through school while doing this. I am convinced that anyone who really wants an education can get it. Some may have to work harder than others--that's ok.

Thanks for the anecdotal observation. Nonetheless the statistics remain: only 25% of all American jobs require any education over a high school level; only 23% of Americans receive a B.A. or better.

We American always get to hear from the exceptions, don't we? The artist, the inventor, the 'self-made man,' percentages of the population so small that they never appear in the United States Statistical Abstracts.

On the other hand, we don't get to hear too many anecdotes from the poor and uneducated; in the case of Mcspotlight, one reaso is that only 25% of the American population own computers.

On the other hand, anecdotal observations are FUN because they are so unverifiable and EMOTIONAL.

: Don: I suggest making a pro-wrestler governor of some state, or maybe some actor president. One thing we don't want to do is make an astronant a senator . . .

Your droll observation is only proof that rationing education has been harmful to democratic principles.

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