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Shaking Things Up in Education
Twenty-somethings are focused on increasing teacher salaries and improving access to higher education.
Until teachers are paid more, most people in our age group will go start a dot-com instead.
"Teachers educate our kids-perhaps the hardest job out there-and make only 35K," says David Demian, a 25-year-old law student. Most of the twentysomethings we talked to agreed. "What else is there to say?" Wolff says."Until teachers are paid more, most people in our age group will go start a dot-com instead."
Making college and graduate school available and affordable to all also weighs in as a major concern. "These days a high school degree gets you less and less in the job market," says Daniel Sanchez, 25, a robotics engineer. "Yet college keeps costing more and more. Something's got to give."
Indeed, according to U.S. News and World Report, while the median family income for the parents of college-age children has increased just 12 percent since 1980 (after adjusting for inflation), the average tuition at a four-year college has more than doubled. And while 70 percent of full-time students now receive some form of financial aid, today's twentysomethings are more often than not graduating with sizable education loans that restrict their postcollege choices from the get-go.
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