Do the Wealthy Have a Different Perspective on Education?
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Looking at the Philippines one may raise a similar question of how different the perspectives are between the rich and the general public. Filipinos who have immigrated to the United States generally gravitate towards the conservative side. And it is very likely that the rich in the Philippines would embrace similar views as those of wealthy Americans. This would be especially troublesome in a country where the marginalized does not really have that much influence on government policies. In part, this may explain why it would be particularly difficult for the Philippines to emulate countries that have been successful in basic education like Finland, Singapore and Korea. The required six percent of Gross Domestic Product to reach the minimum resources needed to support public basic education is an unreachable dream when the primary movers of government policy do not subscribe to the ideal that the "government must spend whatever is necessary to ensure that all children have really good public schools they can go to".