How Economic Disparity Still Affects Education Even in the US

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We have come a long way since the seventies of the previous century where African-American children seldom had the same opportunities in education as whites.

Things Have Changed

But things have undergone widespread changes thanks to events like the civil rights movement, desegregation in schools and the notable “War on Poverty” that brought about increased equity and levelled the playing field. The situation as of today stands vastly different.

Within the year 2012 deficit in test-scores in math and reading in black 9, 13 and 17 year olds had been reduced by as much as a whopping fifty percent in comparison to scores that date back to 40 to 30 years.

The Thing that needs to be Done Now

But as the progress of man continues the US just cannot afford to stagnate and be complacent with its achievements. It must continue its march forward. But a closer look at statistics reveal that there are wide gaps in achievement between the less privileged children than their more affluent counterparts according to Sean Reardon who works at Stanford in the Center for Education Policy. The changed scenario of today is that the racial disparity is not the main divider or obstacle to progress. The obstacle that is widely coming into focus now is class.

Inequalities in Education

As things stand today education more critical to a person’s financial well being. College has become the de-facto way to a better life. This is illustrated by the fact that a person whose education is confined to high school today earns 20% less than what they did thirty-five years ago. The differences in income between those with a degree from college and those who do not have one are even wider.

But more alarmingly college degree is on its way to become a privilege of the elites.

Instead of engaging in rhetoric about class, I would like to end this post with a tit-bit of information. In case of children of people having college education, the probability of them attending college is twice as much than those whose parents have only high school education and seven times more apt to go for college than whose parents were dropouts from high school

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