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Author(s):Sawhill, I
Title:Opportunity in America: The role of education
Organization:The Future of Children
Short Description:This brief reviews the evidence on intergenerational mobility and the role of education in enabling less advantaged children to move up the economic ladder. It concludes that, in many respects, the U.S. education system tends to reinforce rather than compensate for differences in family background.
Annotation:Stagnating incomes for the middle class together with rising income inequality have raised questions about whether the United States remains the land of opportunity celebrated in the nation’s history and public philosophy. This brief reviews the evidence on intergenerational mobility and the role of education in enabling less advantaged children to move up the economic ladder. It concludes that, in many respects, the U.S. education system tends to reinforce rather than compensate for differences in family background. Strengthening opportunity requires greater, and more effective, investments in education, especially for America’s youngest children.
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Achievement Gap
Educational Attainment/College Degree Completion
Low-Income Students
Preparation/College Readiness
Social and Economic Benefits/Economic Development

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