The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

How much education can you afford?

Sep 18, 2006

College tuition rates in many states have gone up by nearly 50% – or more – in the last six years. In most states today, a family needs between $7,000 and $10,000 a year to send a child to a state university. Add to that, money for books, gas, food and housing. That’s a very big chunk out of a worker’s paycheck.

We live in a society that preaches at young people to get a good college education if they want to get a job. But that same society makes it nearly impossible to get that education.

One hundred and fifty years ago, Southern plantation owners made it illegal for anyone to provide an education to a slave. Today, in this technologically advanced society, the ruling class makes it financially impossible for the children of working people to get the education they need.