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In a New York expose on class, they talk about everything from the rich to the poor and what it means Whether your into this sort of thing or not (or like the NY Times or not), you will find this insiteful and lead to some very important discussions.

Here is the new article:

Class Matters: The College Dropout Boom
One of the biggest decisions Andy Blevins has ever made, and one of the few he now regrets, never seemed like much of a decision at all. It just felt like the natural thing to do.

In the summer of 1995, he was moving boxes of soup cans, paper towels and dog food across the floor of a supermarket warehouse, one of the biggest buildings here in southwest Virginia. The heat was brutal. The job had sounded impossible when he arrived fresh off his first year of college, looking to make some summer money, still a skinny teenager with sandy blond hair and a narrow, freckled face.

But hard work done well was something he understood, even if he was the first college boy in his family. Soon he was making bonuses on top of his $6.75 an hour, more money than either of his parents made. His girlfriend was around, and so were his hometown buddies. Andy acted more outgoing with them, more relaxed. People in Chilhowie noticed that.

It was just about the perfect summer. So the thought crossed his mind: maybe it did not have to end. Maybe he would take a break from college and keep working. He had been getting C's and D's, and college never felt like home, anyway.

"I enjoyed working hard, getting the job done, getting a paycheck," Mr. Blevins recalled. "I just knew I didn't want to quit."

So he quit college instead, and with that, Andy Blevins joined one of the largest and fastest-growing groups of young adults in America. He became a college dropout, though nongraduate may be the more precise term.

Many people like him plan to return to get their degrees, even if few actually do. Almost one in three Americans in their mid-20's now fall into this group, up from one in five in the late 1960's, when the Census Bureau began keeping such data. Most come from poor and working-class families.

The phenomenon has been largely overlooked in the glare of positive news about the country's gains in education. Going to college has become the norm throughout most of the United States, even in many places where college was once considered an exotic destination - places like Chilhowie (pronounced chill-HOW-ee), an Appalachian hamlet with a simple brick downtown. At elite universities, classrooms are filled with women, blacks, Jews and Latinos, groups largely excluded two generations ago. The American system of higher learning seems to have become a great equalizer.

In fact, though, colleges have come to reinforce many of the advantages of birth. On campuses that enroll poorer students, graduation rates are often low. And at institutions where nearly everyone graduates - small colleges like Colgate, major state institutions like the University of Colorado and elite private universities like Stanford - more students today come from the top of the nation's....


Some heavy stuff there. They have a slide show for all of this stuff and some more thigs. If you use Blog Navigator, you can actually save the webpage on your hard drive.

For me, this is funy, because I have a degree and yet I don't feel any better off then others who don't. I am glad I have it because at least I have some hope of a better job and a future getting paid at least 30,000 a year (never got it yet) and maybe my own apartment.

Well, read it for yourself and discuss.

Comments
on May 26, 2005

The inherant problem with the article is the term Class.  We do not have classes in America,  No one is relegated to a station in life.  The only difference between Bill Gates and a derelict is determination. (BG was a college dropout as well)

In America, one can be anything they want.  But it does require work and determination.

Class is a European concept.  And I have already blogged on it.

on May 30, 2005
Where is the blog on it?
on May 30, 2005

http://drguy.joeuser.com/index.asp?aid=75752

You are welcome to write one as well,  I just wanted to point it out.

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