(Original post by Bismarck)
The implication is that America is not socialist and allows its people to do whatever they want (as long as it's legal). Furthermore, a "father knows best" attitude to governance often causes more problems than it solves.
Yes, i never disputed that. I don't understand what you are getting at.
Do you not appreciate that these findings have unprecedented and significant implications for the social make-up of the US?
What should our society be based on? Clans? Religion? Nationality? Can you find something better than merit?
Theres noting wrong with society putting huge emphasis on educational merit, but at the same time, wouldn't be better to promote opportunism and a more creative atmosphere?
The MDs of some of the biggest companies in the world got there by climbing a ladder, not by getting their HE degree.
This is one of the unique qualities that is associated with America and goes hand in hand with personal liberty.
lol, there is nothing
socialist about it, so forget that link now.
It doesn't take a college degree to open your business and succeed. Most people who created the dot-com boom were not college graduates.
Indeed, but increasingly such entrepreneurs are being held back by a market driven by educational achievement.
In the past you could slowly work your way up a company to the very top, but now you'll be held back half way up because you haven't got that all important HE degree, whatever your potential may be.
Once again, you're mistaking equal opportunity with equal results. You have yet to show that people don't have the opportunity to get an education and thus become prosperous. Whether or not more people aren't taking that choice is irrelevant.
Equality of opportunity is under threat because effectively it is a harder climb to the top.
You tell me that the people who don't succeed in America are just the lazy or stupid, do you also believe therefore that there is 15,000,000 more lazy people in the US now than there was in the 1970s? I seriously doubt it.
There is obviously some social explanation here. 15,000,000 people don't just get lazy, theres some underlying issues, possibly linked with the educational system.