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Center Spread - November 2011 Content and Design by Emily Yip

During recessions, the people who are hit hardest are often those with the least work experience. Thus, generally, unemployment rates tend to be higher for younger people in search for work. Moreover, unemployment is also linked to level of education. The more education a person has, the less likely that person will be unemployed. One noticeable feature of the Occupy movement is the fact that many of the Occupy protesters are relatively young. In many cases, many of these protesters are people who have been through the higher education system, but have been unable to find work. This phenomenon has raised many questions about the high costs of higher education today. Unemployment Rate by Age 30% 25% 20% Do you currently have a 15% paying job? 10% 5% 0% Yes 16-17 18-19 20-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55+ 25% Unemployment Rate by Degree 15% 75% 12% 9% 6% 3% 0%

Started by the Vancouver based Adbusters group, the Occupy Movement’s roots reach back to the 2008 bailout, which angered the soon-to-be protesters after most of its money went to large capitalistic institutions rather than average Americans. Rallying behind the “we are the 99%” slogan, protests have sparked in over 900 cities across the globe to protest the increasing financial gap between the wealthiest 1% and the rest of its population. The protest has no real leaders or even a list of demands. However, a recent NBC/Wall Street survey showed that 37% of respondents supported the


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14% Do you think the recession is over?

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If yes, do you agree with their methods of conveying their message?

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The Wall Street protesters claim to repmovement, while 18% opposed it, and the frustration and anger demonstrated by these protesters may influence the decisions of politicians in the near future. As of mid-October, the Occupy Wall Street movement has grown to 5,000 people, including the Internet group Anonymous, who have threatened to hack the New York Stock Exchange to protest the arrests of protesters. The protest is marked by a relative lack of violence (although the worst incidents have been in Oakland), and its primary negative effects are poor sanitation and disruption of local businesses.

years, tens of thousands of US teachers have ps, and schools have endured billions in budide. Despite the recent economic troubles, HSD’s faculty, classrooms, and programs o thrive. According to Deputy SuperintenServices Elizabeth McManus, the district 20% in funding reduction from the state. ts from this reduction have been mitigated and the mandatory reserve funding set rict each year. Upon Superintendent Scott nce into the district several years ago, he saw e minimum percentage of reserve funds each ent to 12 percent. Basic Aid districts such heavily on property taxes, but the volatile fluctuations have created much uncertainty. ey will soon dry up, resulting in some potens.

resent the “99 percent” of the U.S. population that has been burdened with the repercussions of a failed economy and class inequality. Within the Aragon community, many students have felt the effects of the recession on their families, personal lives, and plans for the future.

“We’ve had to make certain changes. We’re not overspending on unnecessary items, but we’re not as severely affected as others in the community..” - Kathryn Miyahira, 12 “My father’s business isn’t doing well because of the recession. After high school, I will probably work or go to a community college and then transfer because I can’t afford to attend a 4-year college right now.” - Jesus Vega, 11 Dating is considered an important part of high school for many students. For some, materialism isn’t the deciding factor in a relationship, however, some have found that prevalent class inequality has caused unforeseen conflicts in their social lives.

“When [my girfriend and I] went out, if I didn’t have any money, we couldn’t really do anything. It was fine until the downturn [in the economy], when her family was severely affected. We decided to take a break.” - Anonymous, 9 “I have dated someone from a lower class. It didn’t really affect my relationship because money is not that important to me in a relationship.” - Kimi Petsche, 12

In light of the today’s recession, the Outlook investigated the correlation between economic difficulties and the high school student’s academic career. According to a report published by the Alliance for Excellent Education, high school students from low-income families were noted to be six times more likely than students from high-income families to drop out of school. At the same time, high school dropouts were noted to make, on average, approximately $260,000 less over the course of his lifetime than an individual with a high school diploma; this figure was translated into $319 billion dollars lost in wages with the dropouts from the class of 2008. With regard to the recession, though, high school dropouts, in addition to making considerably less, were projected to have the most difficulty finding a job of various degrees of schooling. According to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, high school dropouts in early July of 2008 had an unemployment rate of 15.4%, whereas high school graduates had an unemployment rate of 9.4%. According to a separate report published by Alliance for Excellent Education detailing societal ramifications, “[high school dropouts] will be far more likely than graduates to spend their lives periodically unemployed, on government assistance, or cycling in and out of the prison system.” This translates into $17 billion lost in Medicaid and related spending for uninsured health care over the lifetime of the dropouts from the Class of 2006 alone.

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