View Poll Results: What is your definition of equal opportunity? (Select all that apply)

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  • 1.) Everyone is afforded the same wealth at birth.

    2 9.52%
  • 2.) Everyone is afforded the same quality of education (including college).

    7 33.33%
  • 3.) Everyone is afforded the same education, but not necessarily the same quality of education

    2 9.52%
  • 4.) Everyone is afforded the same opportunity to find work based on his or her merit

    17 80.95%
  • 5.) Everyone is afforded the opportunity to find work (based on merit or not)

    5 23.81%
  • 6.) Everyone has the same wealth at the end of every day

    0 0%
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    Re: What is your definition of equal opportunity?

    Merit was the keyword here. Merit can get you more or less so it is valid qualifier. If you want more, you need to merit more. If you don't want more, merit less. IQ is not necessarily a more or less qualifier as production might be more meritorious. It'd be tough on people like GWSuffForBrains who'd be cleaning a toilet one day every four months when he wasn't on vacation. Maybe he could be taught to lick his balls (golf balls?).

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    Re: What is your definition of equal opportunity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    None. I don't believe in equal opportunity. I think everyone should be allowed to have most of the same things, but not the same degree of difficulty. I think a kid living in the projects should have the ability to get into Harvard. I also think it should be incredibly difficult to do so.

    The phrase itself is evil, because it hinders society's ability to give chances to all. It's a power grab, and an excuse to whine when you don't get what you want, or it's not placed on a silver platter in front of you.
    So you prefer rigging a race buy putting runners out farther down the track?

    I wonder .. would such behavior be accepted in the Olympic races?

    I am baffled at how many people to not agree with equal opportunity in its truest sense, i.e. the spirit of the idea, the idea that every has equal opportunity to succeed. I think maybe a few people posted something close to equal opportunity - but the rest of you .. seriously? .. I expected better

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    Re: What is your definition of equal opportunity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    I think a kid living in the projects should have the ability to get into Harvard. I also think it should be incredibly difficult to do so.
    Why? Why should it be more difficult for someone to get into a good school solely because of his financial situation? It makes no sense. Why make things extremely easy for a dunce with alot of money and "incredibly difficult" for an impoverished genius? Isn't this counterproductive?
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    Re: What is your definition of equal opportunity?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bardo View Post
    Why? Why should it be more difficult for someone to get into a good school solely because of his financial situation? It makes no sense. Why make things extremely easy for a dunce with alot of money and "incredibly difficult" for an impoverished genius? Isn't this counterproductive?
    Well said .. we want our best at the forefront - inherited wealth and lots of time to barely pass classes in college should not be a qualifier for the people at our countries forefront - this goes against the theory of Capitalism which some people hold so dear to their heart

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    Re: What is your definition of equal opportunity?

    Everyone should be entitled to a decent K-12 education, the opportunity to pursue higher education at an affordable price if they want to, and a social safety net that will help people with basic life necessities if necessary (e.g. food, health care, housing).

    Sadly, the United States doesn't do a very good job with any of these things.
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