Report: #1072284

Complaint Review: Mometrix Media LLC

  • Submitted: Thu, August 01, 2013
  • Updated: Thu, August 01, 2013
  • Reported By: Urban Avenger — Baltimore Maryland
  • Mometrix Media LLC
    3827 Phelan Boulevard
    Beaumont, Texas

Mometrix Media LLC Mometrix Test Preparation Gives Unfair Advantage to Students Beaumont Texas

*General Comment: They don't have these problems in Cuba

*Consumer Comment: Interesting report.

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Mometrix Media is a well-known company that makes study guides for important tests. From what I have seen of them, they must be one of the biggest companies in the business.  They have study guides for almost any test you can think of. Which is fine.  But here’s what ISN’T fine.  They charge a lot for their products.  In some cases, they want like forty or fifty dollars for a study guides.  Now for a lot of folks that may not sound like a lot of money.  But for the millions of students in the USA who are growing up in poverty, Mometrix might as well be charging a million dollars for their test preparation study guides,  because for these kids and their parents, asking them to come up with fifty dollars is about like asking them to come up with a million dollars. These families don’t have access to wealth. Many of them are single parent households. For a single mom or dad, who’s lucky if they have a job that pays more than minimum wage (if they have a job at all), shelling out $40 or $50 for a study guide to help their child pass the required graduation exam, or to help them prepare for college admissions test, is simply out of the question.  

I live in a major American city. In many of the schools in my district, poverty is so rampant that almost 100% of students qualify for free lunches at school.  This is true of thousands of other urban schools in the US, too. These kids already have the odds stacked against them when it comes to succeeding in school and going on to college.  They need all the help they can get.  Of all the students in America, if there are any who deserve help when it comes to getting a high score on the SAT or ACT, it’s these kids.  But they’re the ones who least can afford it. At the same time, wealthier parents are able to buy their kids access to these test prep materials that give their kid an unfair advantage. Some call this capitalism. I call it discrimination against poor and urban students. Everyone deserves a chance to succeed in life, and it’s not right to give some students an unfair advantage over others just because they came from a wealthy family.

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#1 General Comment

They don't have these problems in Cuba

AUTHOR: Mike J - ()

I have to agree with Knightly. While your concern for poor children is laudable, your expectation that educational companies should just give their products and services to inner city kids is misguided. Companies have to make a profit. That’s why people start companies, even educational companies.  People don’t go into business because they want to help others, or because they want to make the world a better place.  They go into business because they want to make money, for themselves and their families. It’s true that by doing so they often help people or make the world a better place, but that isn’t their main goal.  It’s a means to an end. If we lived under a system where people couldn’t make a lot of money by starting a business we would be miserable, because most positive change is brought about by people trying to make money, not by liberal do-gooders who think people should spend their lives providing goods and services for others not for money, but because it’s the right thing to do.  That may sound good and wonderful as a theory, but in practice it’s horrible.  If you want to see what life is like in an economy that’s not based on the profit motive, just move to Cuba.  There’s no problem of unfairness in Cuba. Everyone is equal there.  Equally mired in grinding poverty because free enterprise is outlawed. Is that the kind of country you want to live in?

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#2 Consumer Comment

Interesting report.

AUTHOR: Knightly - ()

 "     Everyone deserves a chance to succeed in life, and it’s not right to give some students an unfair advantage over others just because they came from a wealthy family.  "

   Children of weathy families have always and will always have an educational advantage over the economically disadvantaged.  It's a pretty well known fact of life.   I'm not sure how your sudden discovery of the obvious relates to a company that publishes test prep books.   If this company were to disappear tomorrow, would you expect students from shcools in South Central L.A. to start flooding into Harvard and Yale?  What is your point?

  In the grand scheme of things, $40 - $50 to further one's educational pursuits is not a lot of money.   When I was a poor student, I understood that I would have to work to pay for such things.  Even at minimum wage, that's less than a workday's pay. 

  If your goal is that the children of the privileged never have an educational advantage over those from poor families, you'll have to move to another planet.   Even in so-called communist countries, the children of the ruling classes have advantages over those of peasant famers.  It's an inescapable fact of life.


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