Bummer. computer still isn't fixed, that's why I still haven't watched the first season of "go back to where you come from."
I sort of get where @VicPark is coming from. I totally agree with everything that has been said about social and economic disadvantage, but I don't think it is realistic to say that in order to be truly equal opportunity the level of ease needs to be the same for everyone. And of course different people will find the same thing harder than others would. Some people have a natural work ethic for example. Others struggle with the concept of full-time study or work. Anyway that is quite a lame example I know, but do you get what I mean?
I don't think that people who go to private schools automatically have more advantages than those who go to public (although of course, more do than don't).
Thought of a better example. DH and I went to the same Uni. He comes from a wealthier background than me and went to a private boarding school. His parents paid his fees, his rent and a spending allowance. I got no financial support from my parents so have heaps of debt on a student loan and also had to work all through Uni while he did not.
But the opportunity for us both to obtain a degree was the same. We could both still do it. It was just a bit easier for him than for me.
Nobody is saying everyone should be able to go to university. Even when it's free, there's still entry criteria.
Basic literacy and numeracy skills should be a right for all Australians, not a privilege, but many Australians still can't read or write properly.
But it would be unfair of me to say - well I had a crap childhood but still pulled myself out of it. Bc there are so many factors.
Last edited by delirium; 25-09-2013 at 09:10.
I can see both sides. I think that not everyone is on equal footing, but we do have opportunities here, ones that they can only dream of in countries like America.
But I also think, when you start on the back foot, it is just so much harder to bring yourself up. I don't think economics always plays a part. I was from a low socio economic background, but not from lack of education, my mother was uni educated (put herself through as a mature age student). But my dad died when we were young, so we were a single income family, and that put a lot of financial stress on my mum. She encouraged me to further my education, she read to us every night, she was very "involved" in our schooling, homework etc. But I chose to leave school at 15.
I like it to alcoholics and drug addicts, yes, some people manage to pull themselves up out of the addiction, get on the wagon and never look back. But most people don't. And just because those few can, doesn't mean that everyone can. Experiences are different, life is different.
I had all the advantages of an academic mother who adored education, and I still didn't go on (until now - and I hate it). I can only imagine what it must be like in a family that has no money, and no care for education at all, how hard it must be to get ahead in a situation like that.
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