“Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men -- the balance-wheel of the social machinery.”In a society that has seen a major advancement in technology, education has become so important that even people with college educations find it difficult to get their dream jobs -- not to mention people with only high school diplomas. Education, they say, is the key to success and the equalizer of social classes, giving all the same opportunity to pursue their dreams. But how does education level the playing field when a good percentage of Americans cannot afford a college education and the rich get the best shot at going to the best schools? How does education even things up if it involves money, the same thing that divides people into different social classes in the first place? Education has always separated people, from the time of segregation until now. Unlike whites, black people in the South did not have access to quality learning. The same kind of thing is happening now. Some states perform higher than others because of the money invested in their educational systems. Students in some schools do not have the same access to technology -- like laptops -- that others do. Education can never be the equalizer until a high school senior from a low-income family will not be stopped from going to his or her desired college because of the amount of money involved. Furthermore, college has become a business to some academic institutions. They don’t care if low-income families can afford it or not, as long as they make their profit. Education is not the great equalizer. Having the determination, ambition, and will to succeed is what balances the social machinery.
-- Horace Mann