: : 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.
Don: So your point is that the American work force is well matched in education to the jobs that are available?
: 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.
Don: Uh, I know Lot's of poor people with computers.
: On the other hand, anecdotal observations are FUN because they are so unverifiable and EMOTIONAL.
Don: No. They are fun when they shoot down socialist ideas. I made it, and so can anyone else who tries.
: : 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.
Don: It proves that those who are not part of some "political class" can achieve political power.