It’s been several weeks now and my students are starting to let their personalities come out. With some of them, it’s a good thing. I have some students (like Nigel*) who remind me why I work for this company. He’s there every day with a smile. They all have to greet us (though they try to slip by without doing so), but many just nod their heads or say “good morning” in the lowest possible voice without making eye contact. He makes a point to shake the hand and look into the eyes of every staff member he sees when he walks into the building. He does all of his work in class, though he talks a little too much, and gently chides other students for fighting, drinking, and doing drugs. Every day he’s a 10 (they give us their feelings in ratings daily during group interaction). He wants badly to go to college but has no idea how he’ll afford it (not that it’ll stop him).
That makes me really angry about the American Education System**. Young men and women who want badly to turn their lives around and know that education is the best way to do that have to resign themselves to starting their lives thousands of dollars in debt, just to acquire knowledge. Just to make a better life for themselves and their families. Why should such a high price be put on self-improvement? More importantly, why is the richest country in the world charging millions of dollars a year for something people in less fortunate countries get for FREE? Why do Americans stand for this? This is a type of forced poverty that is entirely unnecessary.
*names have been changed to protect the very, very guilty
** hereafter referred to as AES