• The Heritage Network
    • Resize:
    • A
    • A
    • A
  • Donate
  • Mobility and Values

    Yesterday under the headline “Higher Education Gap May Slow Economic Mobility“The New York Times covered a new Brookings Institution study warning that “widening gaps in higher education between rich and poor, whites and minorities, could soon lead to a downturn in opportunities for the poorest families.” A better headline would have been “Values Gap Behind Possible Decline In Economic Mobility.”

    The times notes that “the study highlights the powerful role that college can have in helping people change their station in life. Someone born into a family in the lowest fifth of earners who graduates from college has a 19 percent chance of joining the highest fifth of earners in adulthood and a 62 percent chance of joining the middle class or better.” But this doesn’t really tell us why some children from poor families our able to attain a college education and others are not.

    Heritage Foundation analyst Stuart Butler does explain later in the article: “We may well have an economy that rewards certain traits that are typically passed on from parents to children; the importance of education, optimism, a propensity to work hard, entrepreneurship and so on.” Just some of the findings linking strong families to academic success include:

    Posted in Education [slideshow_deploy]

    Comments are closed.

    Comments are subject to approval and moderation. We remind everyone that The Heritage Foundation promotes a civil society where ideas and debate flourish. Please be respectful of each other and the subjects of any criticism. While we may not always agree on policy, we should all agree that being appropriately informed is everyone's intention visiting this site. Profanity, lewdness, personal attacks, and other forms of incivility will not be tolerated. Please keep your thoughts brief and avoid ALL CAPS. While we respect your first amendment rights, we are obligated to our readers to maintain these standards. Thanks for joining the conversation.

    Big Government Is NOT the Answer

    Your tax dollars are being spent on programs that we really don't need.

    I Agree I Disagree ×

    Get Heritage In Your Inbox — FREE!

    Heritage Foundation e-mails keep you updated on the ongoing policy battles in Washington and around the country.