The Haves and the Have Nots: Education as the Great Divide

Education has long been shown to be one of the supports of a successful society. It is frequently the educated who become the leaders of a society – although charisma and perseverance also play a healthy role.

However, education costs money.  And if students don’t have money for books, laptops, tuition, etc.; then they struggle to get an education. This often leads to a self-fulfilling prophecy: the Haves can pay for an education; therefore, the Haves get the education. The Have-Nots cannot pay, ergo they cannot get the education they need to get ahead.

Education and the Green Party

As a political party focused on social justice and equal opportunity, it is not surprising that education plays a key role in meeting the goals of its political platform. Two of the Party’s key values – equal opportunity and economic justice – depend on education for all. Because it is essential that communities can offer all people a living wage so that they can obtain an acceptable standard of living, it is necessary for communities to also make a decent education available to all people.

Fair is Worth Fighting For

To that end – making education accessible to all people, Andrew Dobson, professor of politics at Keele University in England, has included it in the Green Party Manifesto he penned, Fair is Worth Fighting For. The document is a pledge to abolish higher education student-tuition fees.

Fighting for Fair Leads to Increased Green  Party Membership in England

Following a tuition fee vote in the British Parliament in November 2010, student demonstrations against the rising costs of higher education in London were controlled by police “kettling” the protesters. The youth branch of the Green Party, the Young Greens, started a petition to ban kettling, a questionable crowd control technique used by police. The tuition quickly garnered more than 1,000 signatures. Within a month of the vote, the Young Greens membership grew by 25%.