Americans Don't Like Class Warfare
by Chris Bowers, Mon Sep 20, 2004 at 08:30:39 AM EDT
And the gap has widened: Wealthy kids are increasingly displacing middle-income students, according to a study of selective institutions by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA.This also means that only 23% are coming from the middle-two quarters. This is something US News and World Report won't tell you in their college rankings.
All of this makes me wonder how much has really changed since we abolished the draft. Our soldiers in Iraq are primarily coming from those income groups who do not go to college as often as others. While the military aims its recruitment at lower income and minority youth, the wealthy receive a deferment of prosperity and opportunity. This extreme inequality is also a crisis of national talent. There is simply no way that as a nation we can go on underutilizing the abilities of three quarters of our national population and continue to make significant progress as a nation.