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1, Jun 12, 2010

American Education System and Elite Society

Filed under: College — admin @ 12:10 am

Some time last month I read an article sent to me by a friend of mine regarding American education. There is an interesting section on American society and its education. According to the author, the U.S. is an elite society, where a tiny minority of elite dominates and rules over the overwhelming majority. They make and enforce rules to, among others, perpetuate their dominance in society.

Top colleges and universities like Ivy Leagues are supposed to bring out country’s and world leaders; those of second ranking are to train high-level employees; grass-root technicians come out of colleges of third ranking; the rest are for ground-covers, rank and filers who work for others all their lives. The assumption behind it all is if you are motivated to make it to the top at the tender age of 18, you have the material in you to be the world leader in the future. The hidden agenda of American educational system is to bring up different groups of people who will willingly follow the laws of the land, support the status quo, and hold their assigned positions in society. This line of thinking smells of Marxism, the line of thinking reveals the origin of the writer.

For parents, the sweet part of American society is that the elite group is not a fixed and exclusive one. Instead, it is widely opened to all who are willing to work themselves up the social ladders. That’s how people like Obama gained his hold in the white house and how Sonia Sotomayor became the U.S. Supreme Court Justice, and how American society undergoes changes toward a better and more democratic one, not there yet though. This is something that Asian parents should think hard when they push their youngsters to Harvard-level colleges.


  1. […] is that the elite group is not a fixed and exclusive one. Instead, it is widely opened to […]

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  2. First, American society is not truely open to all people. Many talented students cannot afford the expensive tuition and costs of Ivy League universities. My professor’s son got admitted to Harvard University, but he could not afford it even with some scholarship.

    Second, many blacks and Hispanics got into Ivy League universities because of the Affirmative Action policy. Asians are not “favorite” minority in the U.S., and they are not benefited or protected by the Affirmative Action.

    Comment by Xiaoqin — 1, Jun 12, 2010 @ 11:53 pm

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