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  •  Affirmative action is ultimately only as good (0+ / 0-)

    as the jobs you can get, unless you simply want to argue that better educated un-/under-employed parents raise better educated un-/under-employed children (one of the arguments, when I was young, for sending girls to college -- because even if all we did was get our Mrs. degree and stay home with the kids, we'd be better mothers what all with that nice bachelor's degree).

    Frankly, I don't think we should be aiming for equal access to burger-flipping, lawn-mowing, and highway-flagging jobs. We have to set our sights higher and broader, and it is not going to be easy.

    Sorry I wasn't more explicit in my 1st comment.

    •  On average... (0+ / 0-)

      college educated people earn double what their counterparts earn over their lifetime...sure there are exceptions to the averages, but in general a college education is a great equalizer of opportunity...

      Obama - Change I still believe in

      by dvogel001 on Thu Jul 15, 2010 at 03:39:06 PM PDT

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    •  Better educated people (0+ / 0-)

      make better citizens. At least this is what the Founders thought, and why public school systems were created.  A high school education is great for teaching you specific things and some very basic concepts -- the building blocks upon which more sophisticated and complex thought is built.  There are indeed organic intellectuals who can achieve this level of critique without even finishing a high school education, but most of us need more school. (And college is even more necessary now that most high schools only educate kids up to what used to be a 9th grade level, standards have dropped so far.) Republicans understand the importance of education, and that is the reason that they have gutted the public school systems and made it so expensive for kids to go to college, at the same time that they work so hard to undermine the authority of American intellectuals (except for their right wing pseudo-intellectual hacks).

      It's important for liberals and progressive to separate the value of an education for citizens from the question of whether it gets you a job or not.  It's conservatives who tied a college education to "the workforce" and we shouldn't fall for it.

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