More and more Americans are drowning in debt. About 44.7 million Americans currently have student debt, and in 2017 they owed more than $1.3 trillion in student loans--more than two and a half times what they owed 10 years earlier. Meanwhile, it takes them an average of 21 years to pay off that debt. In our September/October 2018 issue, writer Ryann Liebenthal investigates the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program--and how some of its enrollees may never actually see their loans forgiven despite years of payments. It's a rage-inducing story about America's student debt machine and the ways in which borrowers are often cast aside by their loan companies.
Citing survey results from students in thousands of classrooms, Ferguson notes that when male minority students misbehave, they are often responding to peer pressure and were more likely to agree with the statement "I do things I don't want to do because of pressure from other students" than their other peers. Male students of color also reported more frequently pretending not to try for fear of what other students might say or think. Moreover, the report notes there is evidence that some teachers are inclined to approach male students of color more aggressively because of "group reputations for defiant behavior," especially when it comes to young black men. Interactions between students and teachers who do not know one another also can prove particularly problematic, it says. Compared with white male students with the same grade point averages, male minority students at every achievement level reported giving and receiving less respect when interacting in the hallways with teachers who may not know them, the report says.
You know that dystopia in which income inequality is so extreme that society invents a game show that forces the less wealthy people to fight one other for survival? You know, where unchecked capitalist greed has rendered higher education simultaneously unaffordable and a prerequisite to landing a decent job -- leaving 44 million citizens in debt that toals over $1.3 trillion, according to The Washington Post. Jennifer Lawrence won't be able to save us from this waking nightmare though. SEE ALSO: After Kennedy's retirement, are we entering'Handmaid's Tale' territory? TruTV airs the first episode of Paid Off on Tuesday, July 10.