Originally posted by Phranny
A strong economy, a growing economy depends on a strong, growing middle class.
Actually you are wrong. A strong economy, a growing economy depends on a strong, growing middle class. The middle class in the U.S. is rapidly shrinking. Education, the key to entering the middle class, is being priced out of reach.
Oft repeated, never supported. I believe that you're confusing cause and effect. Of course, that is always a difficult argument, the chicken or the egg.
On education, in the US, more grades of education don't mean a more educated society. I consider myself, when I was working to be middle class, but what that means today, is not really defined.
The US economy was strong in the past with a lot less formal education than is average today. My Dad finished 9th grade, and after that had to work the docks in Boston. My Mom had two years of college at BU, but never worked a day after marriage.
I understand, that there are more technical jobs, requiring more education and training, but I see the under performance of K-12 education as the real boogieman. Lots of middle class careers still don't require college. They do require the capacity to learn, that is to read and communicate. Sadly, many graduate HS without those most meaningful skills. Twenty five years ago in my late forties, I saw kids at the Community College who simply were functionally illiterate. And it is worse today than then.
The problem with the education mantra, is that it might work if the educational standards were real, and maintained. However, educational institutions, at every level, in order to produce better numbers, are diluting the curriculum, falsifying grades, and graduating people who didn't do the work. OK, over pricing college is part of it, but selling the public on the necessity of college enables that.