I grew up in. I had two parents who treated me with love, and we always lived in clean and accommodating places whether they were apartments or modest houses. I liked school, and I played until dark with my neighborhood friends. There were great shows on television like , , and – not to mention a host of splendid . People were all friendly, and I felt complacently safe everywhere.
Even after my perfect world was rocked by the death of my father when I was twelve, I still knew that my future was safe with my mother’s care and an educational system that would allow me to achieve whatever professional goals of which I was capable and desirous. I worked hard and loved science, particularly. I pursued this passion into college, and my grades and fervor opened the door to . The path was clear, the steps were logical, and the opportunity was there.
That is not the world seen by . The paths to success are now broken and overgrown with the new growth of barriers I did not have to hurdle. Despite adjusting for inflation, their expenses for are much greater than those faced by my peers and me in our time. Institutional barriers with burdensome requirements now close the doors to advancement and dare the aspiring newcomers to try and squeeze through.and those in training today. There are many just as talented as I was, and others who are more so, but their opportunities are increasingly
If you are unclear of what concerns me here, please take a few moments to improve your life by reading these two examples:
“Not. Sleeping.” by Amanda Heironimus (“Curiouser & Curiouser” blog on WordPress.com) http://curiouserandcuriouserblog.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/not-sleeping/
“How the economy upended young architects’ hopes” by Caela J. McKeever (Crosscut.com). http://crosscut.com/2012/09/25/architecture/110494/architectural-jobs-interns-economy-recession-/?page=single
Certainly higher education barriers are losing people of great potential. Many of my peers and I would never be considered for medical school if we were to use our past application credentials today. My medical class has served with distinction and accomplishment, and yet many of us would never have been able to bring our gifts to the communities we served were we trying today.
We are a nation of determination, and we have an amazing capacity to change when the critical call comes. The problem now, though, is that many of us do not seem to be hearing it. We cannot close our eyes to the wonderful potential of young, bright minds just because we are unwilling to change the system. It is sad to see this happen in professions such as architecture, science, nursing, and others – not because workable solutions do not exist, but rather because the professions are too short-sighted and selfish to risk needed paradigm shifts within their fields.
The call is coming from the cries of our upcoming, young professionals and those trying desperately to join them. Their aspirations and futures flounder in the ocean of today’s world. If we continue to be deaf to this call, we will heedlessly cripple many of these lives and, in the process, hobble our nation’s capacity for progress and global competition.