sakky, I'm sure you're wise enough to understand that the exception doesn't comprise the rule, and that's hardly the point here. Your brother was brilliant enough for a merit scholarship, which top schools give to the best of the best. Now if someone at a socioeconomic disadvantage has to be in the best of the best just to get a shot at schools that normally just require you to be amongst the best, I don't see how that addresses the issue of inequity.
<p>I fail to see how that's the case. Seems to me that the moral of the story is that you just need to work harder. My brother did. He worked hard, and look what it got him. Now, if you don't WANT to work hard, well, what can I tell you? </p>
<p>Now, is there an issue of inequity? Perhaps. But not so much that, as old-but-wise said, "ONLY the socioeconomically privileged few" can attend top boarding schools. My issue is with the word "only". You don't have the money? Then work hard to get a merit scholarship. If you don't want to work hard, then what can I tell you? </p>
<p>And besides, personally, I think this really has nothing to do with prep schools at all, but just has to do with wealth. What can I say - some people are just born extremely wealthy, and if you are, you probably don't even need to go to college at all. Like it or not, we live in a world where wealth has advantages. Hey, I'd like to have been born to a family of billionaires. Who wouldn't? But by the same token, I'd like to be 6'3'' tall, look like Brad Pitt, and be born with the athletic talent of Michael Jordan. I'd love all of that. None of that happened. </p>
<p>You bring up the issue of inequity, and my response is simple - life is unfair. Sure, it's not fair that some guys are more handsome than I am. Sure, it's not fair that some guys have more athletic ability than I am. By the same token, it's not fair that I was born with a sound mind and body whereas other people are sadly born with congenital birth defects and mental retardation. But what are you going to do about it? All you can do is work hard to maximize the potential that you were born with. And what my brother shows is that hard work will indeed get you places.</p>