(Original post by technik)
i think you fail to realise that just about everyone in the UK has opportunities most of the world could only dream of. indeed not everyone in the UK is afforded the same level of education or is graced with the same level of interest from friends or family but thats life. its no excuse to submit and fail.
So your argument goes along the lines of.... UK has better opportunities than, say, Africa, therefore they must be perfect and we can do nothing to improve them?
I never said that poor opportunities are an 'excuse' for anything. I believe very much in strong law and order, and that those who commit crimes should be punished so as to provide a huge disincentive to others to follow their lead. However, alongside being tough on law and order, we need to make improvements so that there is more equality of opportunity
. No, that doesn't mean everyone should be equal, it means everyone should have relatively equal chances to become successful. Right now the opportunities are not enough - people like me are brought up in a stable family environment and sent to great schools where parents and teachers pressure us into working and where I have access to whatever resources and facilities I need. At the other end of the spectrum you have people whose parents don't care, whose schools don't care, and who end up wondering off with the wrong types. How can you honestly blame this on them? It's the parents' fault, it's the schools' fault, so why should they be punished? How are they expected to lead good lives if they have no-one to show them how to do so?
It doesn't take much to improve opportunities. We should work on the family, provide incentives for married couples and not single mothers, we should make things like the NHS more efficient and transfer money from there to the education system. How is that difficult?