The Case for Community Colleges Vs Ivy League Education
Many leaders come from prestigious and Ivy League Schools. But do they reflect, in their day-to-day public service, the issues and concerns of those they are supposed to serve? I do believe that they are the product of their time and space, and thereby cater to the very culture that produced them in the first place. Fool certainly is one who thinks that such a leader will all of a sudden become a turn-coat against the very institutions and the interests that brought her or him about. Being the carrier of a very specific culture, a person can most of the time only favor the special interests that enabled his ascent. Being a graduate of the Ivy League myself, I do see an enormous disconnect between its graduates and the various communities living in a shared space. Most people are average in terms of income and empowerment, therefore it is extremely hard for them to mount the arduous terrains leading to an Ivy League education. The few among us who manage to get an Ivy League education do so because these schools are pressured to accept a number of students of minorities and underprivileged groups. And yet, these students are usually living in their own world inside the Ivy League, and are at times looked at as less capable to mount the walls of an elitist education or to understand the materials under study. It is then fair enough to say that because of this disconnect between some institutions of Higher education and the majority of citizens, who have a multitude of pressures and concerns related to work, health, and justice, the masses should spare no effort to aggressively promote education at community colleges. These schools are essentially focused on technical and work-force development, and thus represent no “threat” to an elite culture of Ivy League education that perceptively seems to be geared towards a monopoly of the production of political leaders.