Monday, April 27, 2009

Whatever Happened to Class?

It's good to be rich.

A study funded by the Pew Charitable Trust finds that about two-thirds of children with average math scores and low-income parents never go to college, but nearly two-thirds of high-income kids with average math scores do go to college:

At Think Progress, charts reveal the extent of the inequities.

Andrew Sullivan found out from Ryan Avent at Portfolio, who acts likes he's surprised:

"The truly amazing thing to me is that parental income isn't just crucial in getting to college, and getting through college -- its effects linger on, basically, in perpetuity. One of the most remarkable findings from the Pew Charitable Trusts' Economic Mobility Project is that a child from a family in the top income quintile who does not get a college degree is more likely to wind up in the top income quintile himself than a child from a family in the bottom income quintile who does get a college degree (see here -- PDF)."

Related: Read a White House position paper by Peter R. Orszag entitled The Case for Reform in Education and Health Care.

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