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Published on Mar 6, 2009
March 06, 2009, 09:26 AM
The question Ive asked all week is how should America address the working poor and education.
Ive asked this to capitalists, communists, and Canadian Libertarians.
Should not the least of us be educated to understand and participate in capitalism and democracy?
55% of Americans are below middle class. 55% make less than $40,000 a year, which is what most communication majors get right out of college.
And, more importantly that what the make, more than half the country doesnt understand, doesnt participate in or feels disenfranchised from the main economy and democracy.
In the 60s, most people did not have to know anything or have particular skills. We had the factories. All of the Midwest was filled with wonderful, polluting factories that could give an unskilled person a middle class lifestyle. But the factories left. The Midwest is now the Rust Belt, with 20 cities in high poverty AND hundreds of rural and small towns in DEEP poverty. The economy has no demand for these millions of unskilled workers.
So why does our education system educate them to be unskilled factory workers?