Depends on what subject matter we are discussing. In many specific cases, yes, it is an enormous problem. Others, not so much.
"We all of us know down here that politics is a tough game. And I don't think there's any point in being Irish if you don't know that the world is going to break your heart eventually."-Daniel Patrick Moynihan, December 5, 1963
Having opinions all over the map is a good sign of a person capable of autonomous thinking. Felix -2011
"Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers" - Voltaire
"There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self" -Hemingway
I am where I am today, not rich by any means, because of choices I made. If your born poor and you want to play the "victim" the only thing you are a victim of is your own poor choices and your unwillingness not to take opportunities to better yourself.
Be sure to work hard and get lots of overtime. People on welfare want more steaks and free upgrades to smart phones with unlimited data packages.
Everybody runs the same race. Some people have better starting points, but all participants have a reachable finish line.
If you're a poor minority, scholarship money is practically THROWN at you. If you're a black female, all you have to do is schedule a civil service exam, put down your name, check the "African-American" and "female" boxes, and show up next Monday. If that's not enough, start kickin' around words like "Affirmative Action" to sweeten your pot.
On top of that, there is nothing keeping children (or adults, for that matter) from self-improving. Hell, in school I learned more from myself reading books and satiating my intellectual curiosity than I did from listing to some apple-polisher drone on in her own cute little way.
Even though I'm a white male, I was latchkey since 6 with a mother who had to keep a home and food on the table with alimony checks and factory job paychecks. Ask me if I got grants for college, I dare you...
This is why I'm posting as someone with an MBA instead of an excuse. I wanted better for myself, and by God I went out and got it.
Social mobility: the charts that shame Britain | News | theguardian.com I hate to break it to you, but we're not the shining city on the hill we used to be. The only thing we have left to feel superior about is our military. Big whoop, we're the best at blowing people up.