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You're trying to turn an education problem into a class war problem. Not everything is a class war, even though that's en vogue in certain circles right now.
You are reading what you wanted to believe I wrote, and not what I actually wrote. 1% by definition are a small segment of the population.
There is definitely not a hole in my logic. First off, there aren't enough children of the 1% to make a difference to anyone. Second, "old money" 1% is a far smaller part of the population than the 1% generally. Third, you clearly don't spend a lot of time with a diverse mix of rich people. I do (even though I am not one of them). The "economic 1%", as you term it, are on average far smarter than the average for the rest of the country. Your sense of superiority is misplaced. I'm the last person to argue for "meritocracy" as conceived by certain rich people, but those people are not the ones who are dumbing down your classes.
I read your HoweyCoin link yesterday right after reading this piece, and that probably contributed to my confusion about whether it was real. Interest rates seemingly beginning to rise, so hopefully that will put a stop to this sort of silliness.
If you're in a place where you're surrounded by the children of the 1%, and you think that's the main issue, you're missing the point entirely. Those people may be annoying to you, but they're decidedly not the problem with higher ed. The problem with higher ed is that it aims at mediocrity, by definition not the 1%. The person who did just enough in high school to get into a reputable college and is now doing just enough to get the degree that will get them the job they're after, but who lacks any concept of intellectual curiosity is the person to whom college is cratering. That person exists in replicates in every lecture hall in America, and it's a problem of hating the game and not the player. Once we define a college degree as being necessary to maintain a middle class life, then the system will automatically cater to people who seek a middle class life, i.e. most people.
Most people are not interested in the things that make college interesting to the few people who are there just to learn. That's ok. Someone else's lack of rigor shouldn't reflect on you. You can always go the extra mile. The instructor will be happy that someone in the class cares. It's hard to keep that in mind, but it's true: you can only be you, and if you love to read books that were translated from English to German so that you can retranslate them back to English, then more power to you. But definitely recognize that most people are never going to share your passion for that. That's a good thing, because it gives you something to differentiate yourself with. Learning is personal, so always look inward. I'm not scolding, but merely relating what I've learned through many years of schooling and life.
I'm a relatively new father, and I will say with full confidence that it just isn't that complicated. I'm not in grad school anymore, so I can sympathize with the added stress that would be. However, being a dad is minimal compared to being a mom. Just since a couple days ago my kid has learned to pull himself up and stand on two feet (with tons of help balancing). He gets up, smiles about how proud of himself he is, then sits down again, repeats. Sure it takes time, but fuckin-a it's not difficult. I sure do miss going to the movies pretty often, reading as much as I did before he was born, and traveling guilt-free, but those things are minor. If you want to be a good dad, then just be one. I can say from my experience that while I felt a deep sense of responsibility from the moment the kid was born, I didn't feel any profound sense of love. But the more time you spend with him or her, that changes pretty quickly.
When I found out my wife was pregnant I was stricken with anxiety, bewilderment, fear, regret, and I was already married and financially stable. You quickly realize none of that matters. Rich or poor, young or old, married or not, the only way to be a good parent is just to make a choice to be one. Your life will have some adjustments, but you're still you, you still have a full future ahead of you. Who knows? You may even enjoy it. Chin up. You're obviously a smart dude with a lot of life experience, you could make a really good dad, if you allow yourself to be. The one thing you always should keep in mind is that there is one thing every living thing on the planet has in common, and that's that none of us asked to be here.