Let’s not kid ourselves: The college admissions game is not primarily about the lower and middle classes seeking to rise, or even about the upper-middle class attempting to maintain its position. It is about determining the exact hierarchy of status within the upper-middle class itself. In the affluent suburbs and well-heeled urban enclaves where this game is principally played, it is not about whether you go to an elite school. It’s about which one you go to. It is Penn versus Tufts, not Penn versus Penn State. It doesn’t matter that a bright young person can go to Ohio State, become a doctor, settle in Dayton, and make a very good living. Such an outcome is simply too horrible to contemplate.
This is a terrific article. Neither of my parents went to college. I went to a state school, helped start a business and have done pretty well. For some, that would be abject failure.
- New Republic, Ivy League Schools are Overrated.
My current soundtrack.
Ohio’s Rust-Belt Renaissance
Ohio has boasted the sixth-healthiest U.S. state economy since the 18-month recession ended in June 2009, according to the Bloomberg Economic Evaluation of States index. Unemployment was down and the state was adding manufacturing jobs even as the largest city in its most populous county snagged the high-profile Republican National Convention and the return of its prodigal son basketball star, LeBron James.
More from the Bloomberg News report by Mark Niquette and Brian Chappatta:The state’s unemployment rate of 5.5 percent in May was below the 6.3 percent figure for the U.S. as a whole, according to federal data. About 674,000 Ohioans are employed in manufacturing, the most since December 2008, according to the Labor Department.
From 2009 through this year, more than $4.5 billion in development will have been invested downtown Cleveland, according to the Regional Marketing Alliance of Northeast Ohio. That includes a new $465 million convention center and adjoining $272 million hotel under construction.
Even so, challenges remain. Cleveland tied for seventh in poverty with Lansing, Michigan, among 51 cities of 100,000 or more, with 36.1 percent of the population below the line.
Photographer: Ron Antonelli/Bloomberg
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Yes to all of this. Ohio is the best kept secret in the country. I think this is a major reason Governor Kasich will be elected by a huge margin this fall.