Megan Rosker responds to the #OccupyWallStreet protests from her POV as an advocate for educational change.
What does a 23-year-old college graduate have to look forward to when they leave the comfort of the college library, the routine of going to class, hot pockets at midnight and juggling a part time job? Debt? An entry level job? Going back to school for more education? High taxes? A middle management white collar job that will enslave them further in a potentially unfulfilling life?
We shouldn’t be surprised these young people have taken to Wall Street to protest the fact that 93% of wealth is controlled by 10% of our fellow countrymen. It’s a ridiculous and staggering statistic and our current educational system only encourages this great divide. The educational assembly line we churn out millions of people who are competing for the same level of middle management jobs. Jobs below that level make it difficult to feed the family and those above middle management are seldom given out to the average middle class student. Instead they are reserved for the well connected, wealthier class.
These young people look to the preceding generations that have been caught in the hard working middle class trap that has allowed for so little pleasure in life and they want nothing to do with it. They are sick of being screwed out of having a life they can enjoy.
Out of pure frustration they have walked to Wall Street, sat down, yelled, chanted for some financial equality. They kneel at the shrine of American wealth and beg for some empathy, for a better life, for a life they can enjoy and know that when they get to the end of it something will be left for them. Will there will be some shred of support for them after they have given the best years of their lives to working for our society? There is little left for their parents or grandparents as we have all watched 401ks and pensions evaporate. They have every reason to be frustrated, worried and angry with the twists of financial success and downfalls that have brought us to this stunning point.