Re "UC Davis goes upscale with dorms" (Our Region, Oct. 20): We hear that higher education is the way out of poverty and dependence.
A great leveling process occurs on public college and university campuses. Students from poor family circumstances study on an equal basis with affluent students.
A college degree gives anyone a shot at well-paying and non-menial employment, or so the story goes.
In fact, the socioeconomic class system is alive and well on campuses of prestigious institutions, as shown in the story about the luxury dorm facilities under construction at UC Davis in order to attract out-of-state and foreign students whose families can pay over-the-top tuition and living expenses.
This is not education as a gateway to equal opportunity, but a perpetuation of the inequality for all that Robert Reich exposes.
-- Kathryn A. Klar, Richmond