By 1987, when the class of '83 was "held back" with no college money,
The legacy of mediocrity when your potential demanded more, was treated like a crime against humanity where I'm from.
Perception is not reality anywhere any time and it's truly tiresome and DANGEROUS to dismiss a cultures heritage, struggle and battles when the fight isn't over....especially when history insists on repeating itself to people who won't know the truth, or even the information given to other sides, while the "powerful" exploited markets by holding back resources they weren't finish cashing in on.
Survival of the fittest often means brainpower and the charter was committed to balancing labor, brainpower, and money.
A healthy MIDDLE has always been the important factor here. Presuming the life path of another is also unwise.
US pay scales + skyrocketing educational costs + low pay + high rent + terrible job market....a very confused economy, with an under-educated population driving US into multiple recessions,
(sharecropper's economy) and manipulation of resources dedicated to fear-mongering and protecting ourselves from the blowback.
Education and vocational training with a healthy background in Liberal Arts, gave nations a well-balanced, healthy society.
The culture in my family has been dedicated to "The Liberal Arts", and that included sciences. We were taught to build on our foundations. Without understanding HOW it was built, old mistakes are repeated. Most 'isms" I abhor make people think they have the right to cheat or outright steal from you... and give lame excuses such as, "Well, we're ALL animals and animals steal to survive"
Military education was no substitute for Loyola, which was no substitute for Oxford.. or Mt. Holyoke where I attended Summermath in 1982. Survival benefits were revoked and mainstreaming put that money to integrate HBCU's like the one my grandparents attended....
I tried to make do.
The far too rapey/ignorant mentality in the military made it impossible to make a career out of it. The Tailhook Scandal took place 6 months after I'd separated. The rumored plans to turn the avionics department to 98% female squadron had me concerned they were planning to feed us to their pilots!
That's a universal truth back to the dawn of time.