Education Takes A Beating Nationwide

The LA Times published the article, Education takes a beating nationwide, with the executive summary:

More layoffs, bigger classes, fewer programs and higher tuition are nothing new to U.S. educators, but analysts say this year stands out.

They discussed the fairness of some of the cuts:

Though cuts in education reach all demographics, they do not affect all students equally, said Jack Jennings, president of the Center on Education Policy, a nonpartisan research group based in Washington.

“If we’re worried about the future, we have to be worried about these equity issues,” Jennings said. “Who’s going to be the employees, the industry leaders in the future? Increasingly, they will be children of color, and they’re not going to close the achievement gap.”

For those of us in the majority population and with good educations, I have some reassuring news from my experience working with engineers in India,  Their salaries may have been low compared to engineers working in the United States, but there was such poverty in the country that even on an engineer’s salary they could afford household servants.  Of course, the Indian engineers did have trouble affording things that were priced in international terms like automobiles.  Then again, if you can afford to hire someone to drive you around in an auto-rickshaw, who needs a car?

This may be the kind of America we are aiming for.  Of course, in India they were aiming to fix this situation when I experienced it back in the 1980s, 90s, and 2000s.  Maybe the two countries will pass each other in the near future.

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