Of course parents will always want the best for their children, and those with wealth will want to use it to ensure a better future for their children. But I feel that society as a whole would benefit from having top tier education available for all who have aptitude for it. (merit based, rather than just inheritance based) Question Who's Online | Find Members | Private Messages
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1,541 hits 3.0 (1 vote) Share Favorite | Flag 9 years ago by AndresH

Should opportunities for success be equal, or is it acceptable that the children of the wealthy go to better schools?
Of course parents will always want the best for their children, and those with wealth will want to use it to ensure a better future for their children. But I feel that society as a whole would benefit from having top tier education available for all who have aptitude for it. (merit based, rather than just inheritance based)


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8 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 7/18/11 - 11:43:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
Everyone deserves the right to get equal education.
I mean, it's fine if wealthy people send their children to private schools, but everyone deserves to go to school, wealthy of not.
8 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 7/18/11 - 11:47:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
Way to slant, champion.


Some kids do fine in the current education system. Others do not, and really, really benefit from the systems taught with in private schools.

Education should not be merit based on lower levels. I am VERY against this, as all it does it reward the children who work well with the system, not those with the most potential.
8 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 7/19/11 - 1:50:09 AM EST (GMT-5)
This question can't be asked because its misleading and not true. Tons of people go to 'better schools' that come from average or poorer families. Its called getting scholarships and working hard. Money should never get in the way of dreams.

And, it is also merit based but not as much. If someone has amazingly outstanding grades, they can be accepted with or without a full scholarship
8 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 7/19/11 - 1:51:50 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 7/19/11 - 1:50:09 AM bluedaisy11 wrote:
Its called getting scholarships and working hard.

what kindergartener is getting scholarships and working hard?
8 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 7/19/11 - 1:54:03 AM EST (GMT-5)
That is my opinion about college-age students.

I guess I should rephrase it though, considering this question is only about kindergartners?
8 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 7/19/11 - 1:55:10 AM EST (GMT-5)
I mean some of that applies when you're talking about university-level stuff, not nearly as much as it should be there's some

but when you're talking about k-12 education? wealthy parents move to expensive districts with the best schools and the poor are left with their inadequate rural or inner-city public educations

I mean, what to do about that or if we even should do anything about that is up for debate...but those are the facts. you can have differing opinions but you can't hold a debate with different facts
8 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 7/19/11 - 1:56:49 AM EST (GMT-5)
Well I can't really argue with you there- but the thing is it really doesn't matter what school you go to until college.

So if your parents can't afford to send you to a fancy kindergarten it will not affect your future. The same is true for middle and high school.
8 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 7/19/11 - 1:59:25 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 7/19/11 - 1:56:49 AM bluedaisy11 wrote:
it really doesn't matter what school you go to until college.

not true in any way
I can look it up sometime when it isn't 2AM but a really high percentage of people accepted into Ivy League schools come from the same small number of private and rich public schools. someone educated in the inner city or elsewhere, while there are exceptions, is very unlikely to get into an ivy league school
8 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 7/19/11 - 1:59:48 AM EST (GMT-5)
(even with high grades. a 4.0 in one place is different from a 4.0 in a more prestigious school)
8 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 7/19/11 - 3:50:08 AM EST (GMT-5)
Im kind of on the fence about this. On one hand, if the parents have the money, they should be able to send their kid to more expensive schools for a better education if they want to. Why not?

But it really isnt fair to the poor kids that could benefit so much more from the education rich kid gets. But. Thats life I guess?

Id rather not see all schools get even more regulated and dumbed down than they already are just to make it "more fair" for everyone.
8 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 7/19/11 - 3:53:46 AM EST (GMT-5)
Nevermind, I misread the story. I see no problem with merit based schools. They would probably just be scholarship based for the kids who cant afford it. I dont know who is going to be willing to sponsor a 6 year old to get into a fancy private school, or what test would get a 6 year old accepted into a special school, but, sure, why not
8 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 7/19/11 - 7:38:53 AM EST (GMT-5)
Unfortunately, success is often relative, so just like getting ahead financially, getting ahead academically means unequal outcomes, which lead to unequal opportunities. Taxes and scholarships are ways of leveling the playing field a little bit, but there's no reasonable way to make it completely level.



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