America’s Rooster Coop

Professor Jani’s question, does America have a rooster coop like the one discussed in The White Tiger, fascinates me. Of course everyone would like to answer with an emphatic “no”, but unfortunately this is not the case. I think that the idea of the rooster coop lies at the base of our society, specifically in the institution of education. Children are placed in the cage as a result of the school district in which they live. Most children attending urban and rural public schools do not have access to the same materials that those attending private schools or public schools in the suburbs have. As a result, children are placed in the coop before they have the chance to realize what is happening. The children that attend schools that lack resources and teachers are often not given the motivation, support or preparation that they need in order to attend college. Furthermore, urban and rural communities do not often place a high importance on education as most children do not have parents that attended college and many more do not have parents that can afford to send their children to college. Meanwhile, students at private schools and the public schools located in the wealthier suburbs are given access to technology and textbooks, have teachers that are focused on teaching rather than inner-city violence, and supportive communities. Even on the collegiate level, wealthy students and poor students have very different experiences. Wealthy students have the choice of attending the university of their choice – some of them ivy league. The poorer students may be capable of attending a competitive university, but can only afford to go to the local community college. Thus, it seems that children are trapped by the education that their parents can (or cannot afford). For this reason, I am impressed by India’s decision to make public universities free in attempt to give opportunity to all people and loosen the restraints of the class system. I am sure that the system has its flaws (what large-scale institution doesn’t), but believe that it is definitely a step in the right direction in dissembling the rooster coop!

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One thought on “America’s Rooster Coop

  1. I’m glad you’ve thrown this idea out there.

    I need to do some more fact-checking on my comment about public education in India, however. I threw out something I had heard, but I did a little poking around and I’m not sure it’s true. I’m not saying definitely because what I’ve found after a brief look is unclear in terms of how costs are being calculated. In other words, I need to do more research, and if I had the wring impression I want to find out why.

    Nevertheless, the overall post is not based on this point, and your argument/question stands.

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