The path to higher earnings, future financial stability, home ownership, and out of poverty is education.
The decision to pursue education beyond high school happens at 18 years of age, a time when young adults are too young to make the decision alone.
If parents push for college, it is more likely to happen and the path opens.
If parents don’t, the young adult is likely to remain in the same socioeconomic status as their parents.
It only takes one generation in a family to leap to the next level of education for future generations to follow.
This is simple cause and effect. It is logical. You may argue loudly with your emotions but your yelling cannot dent this fact.
If you want to argue that higher education is too expensive, you are dodging the challenge and casting blame instead of stepping out of your situation. There are loans and grants and scholarships available.
If you want to argue that you didn’t get into college because of poor grades, poor SAT scores, poor reading comprehension, poor math skills, or whatever, you have to look to your previous choices. Was it not cool to appear smart so you didn’t even though you were? Was it easier to get through school by avoiding college prep courses? Were there kids in kindergarten who could read and add while you were learning letters and numbers and colors–so you always felt behind and it wasn’t fair? Did you drop out of high school for a minimum wage job that will keep you in poverty for the next 70 years of your life? FOR THE NEXT 70 YEARS OF YOUR LIFE. You can’t change the past or the financial situation of the family who raised you, but you can learn the way for your future children by blazing the trail for yourself.
There are technical colleges, 2-year colleges, that you can go to at any point in your life. If you are 30 and think your chance for college and a better life have passed you by, you are wrong. Go to school. Find a path out to a better job and higher pay. The 2-year school can get you into the 4-year school and then into graduate school. Do not tell me you hate school. Find something you like to learn and study that. It will be very different from being forced to study everything in high school when you were an immature teen with social pressure to be like the crowd. Adults do not care about that. You are an adult.
Arguing that you are down and out and sad and poor can make the world pity you when you want respect. You deserve equality and respect is abundantly available to be earned. You are just as intelligent as those other 18-year-old high school graduates whose parents made them go to college when yours did not. You know you are. I teach students just like you, so I know you are too.
No matter where you come from, what successes you skipped in the past, what fears and doubts you use as a shield to keep from trying, you have the capacity to do as much and as well as anyone else in the world. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. I know you so I know you can do it.