While I was away, the George Zimmerman trial apparently required live coverage from all of the cable news networks, with the expected posturing from the expected yakkers afterwards.  A young lady got her fifteen minutes of fame in a way that makes nobody look good.  "Talk about worlds colliding," indeed.  In the comments to the post are an observation that gets to the heart of the matter.
Public education is a middle class concept and they explicitly state that. There is also an acknowledgement that education, in some way, can help kids who are not born to the middle class (like me) bridge into upward mobility. Education used to help a lot of people that way.
Yes, once upon a time, that's what the common schools did, but in the past half century or so, the people who find statements like "A big part of success in commerce is knowing the ways of the bourgeoisie" somehow oppressive or culturally confining have changed education in such a way as to enable helplessness, rather than bridge into upward mobility.  By their fruits shall ye know them.
America's middle class is sliding out of the developed world and toward third-world status. Column 9 makes it clear. Among all the nations of the world with at least a quarter-million adults, only Russia, Ukraine, and Lebanon are more unequal in their wealth distribution. Most of the third world countries are, sad to say and hard to believe, fairer to their middle classes than we are.
On my recently-finished train excursion, anywhere I went it appeared as though any vertical surface existed for some low-life to tag.  Whatever rising inequality and social polarization there is in the United States cannot be laid off entirely on the rent-seeking of professional politicians and corporate lobbyists.

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