Posted: 01/03/2013 at 22:15
And me only 29. Amazing!
Frank, if I were to rant about class, which is no longer supposed to matter, I'd talk about how unfairly it affects one's progress in life. Americans have a meritocracy, where you are judged on your achievements, especially money, but since there is no equal playing field and underprivileged kids have little chance of making it, they have not really eradicated class distinction. They have just created a new kind of class distinction. We are still hidebound by old distinctions. I taught kids who had no chance at all - bound in ignorance and poverty and abandoned by the educational system. Nothing serious was done to help them. They were in classrooms but did not know even basic things that parents teach their children. I taught one girl, perhaps the most deprived individual I have ever met, who was so physically and emotionally neglected that she only knew how to say 'Uh!' She was about 12 or 13. At the other end of the spectrum are the gently and beautifully brought up children of the upper middle classes who have all the social graces and the best education. There are other kinds of deprivation, of course, which apply to all classes, like emotional and sexual abuse. There! Rant over!