Capitalism has been associated with freedom, opportunity, risk, success; the list goes on and on. Communism is often associated with the complete loss of individuality. It seems, however, that a college that costs $40,000 sans room and board is the furthest thing from opportunity. With 1 in 6 children in Milwaukee living in poverty, the notion that America is a land of opportunity seems awfully far-fetched.
I am fortunate enough to attend a high school with tuition exceeding ten-thousand dollars per year. For years I had been under the opinion that Capitalism was what made higher education possible; this idea was based upon what I was taught by others, for I had never put much effort into researching what made my education possible. The school is located in a relatively poor neighborhood, and after school one afternoon I was waiting to be picked up, when a group of 4 or 5 teenagers walked by the school. The next thing I heard is something I can never forget.
“HA, the students that go to that motherfucker walk around with 10 G’s in their back pocket!”
Perhaps the education I took for granted was denied to most children, children that would give anything to switch places with me. This
is what made me realize that the notion that “America is the land of equal opportunity,” is not based on facts, but on manipulated opinions given to the general public by people who can afford to pay millions to keep their billions. Perhaps there can be no “equal opportunity” when there is absolutely no equality in the education system.
America is not Charlie Scheen, despite what the media has caused most people to believe, America is not always winning. Let me be clear, America is LOSING. We are losing ground faster than ever before. It is appalling to see presidential candidates deny that they ever cared about education reform in order to gain support.
Few people know that Canada’s McGill University costs $1,900 per year, even fewer realize that it is ranked higher than 3 Ivy League schools. I have decided to work on Daniel Riemer’s campaign for Representative in the State Assembly in Wisconsin’s new 7th District. I have decided that I will work as hard as possible to assure that no child is left behind because their parents could not afford to spend $40,000 on their high school education. To learn more about Daniel’s campaign or to contribute to someone who brings hope to Wisconsin’s struggling public school system due to Scott Walker’s policies see: http://riemerforassembly.com/
- Where is The Love and Equality (marvaseatonpoetry.wordpress.com)
- My hero: Stephen Haff by Peter Carey (guardian.co.uk)