From another thread: If that were the fact then the question IMO would not be how do I get my grand daughter in the one good school available to me, it would be instead, how can I help raise the quality of all our local public schools to give all of our children a quality education? This set me thinking. We all know that education is the key to making a successful career in the modern western world. But is it enough, most people I know used networking built up over years to progress. (Friends and family built up over years, which is normally not available to people living in poverty.) Taking a GAP year is also a very important aspect on the way to becoming an adult, getting out and seeing the world. (Having fun away from all the books) Getting a good internship, is hard enough, but most of the great ones are found through your own personal network, and are mainly non paying. Again this disadvantages the poorer student. Even after university the repayment of student loans, makes looking for work more about pay, than finding the work you really want to do. One of the Political Parties here D'66, are holding soon meetings to find ways of providing better support for all students. I do have some thoughts, but any ideas are welcome. I know that most of you are from the US, but this problem is international.