I think that the valuable, well paid employees of the very near future will not necessarily be those who fought for raised minimum wages, or attended universities, or paid their union dues.
The valuable, well paid, sought after employees of the future will be the individuals who are willing to work. Harder, longer, smarter.
Within the field of people struggling to raise their own standards, the standard will always be disappointing.
To the person always stretching, improving, and working; the standard is insignificant.