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  • Jail Time Shouldn’t Also Sentence Someone to Poverty

    If a teenager spends a year in jail for dealing drugs, it is in nobody’s interest for that sentence to become a life sentence to poverty. Despite that, if you commit a crime your chances of rising up the economic ladder are slim. According to Pew, incarceration causes, “lifelong damage … More

    Why We Shouldn’t Be Celebrating Peak in High School Graduation Rates

    Failing to graduate from high school can be disastrous for an individual’s economic future, so it is welcome news that the average freshman graduation rate reached a 40-year high of 78.2 percent for the 2009–2010 academic year, according to the U.S. Department of Education. However, there are a number of … More

    What Obama Got Right and What He Got Wrong on Economic Mobility

    When it comes to economic mobility, the President often starts out by making some statements that Republicans and Democrats have always agreed on, such as: While we don’t promise equal outcomes, we have strived to deliver equal opportunity—the idea that success doesn’t depend on being born into wealth or privilege, … More

    Lady Gaga and “The Walking Dead”? What Are College Students Learning These Days?

    “The Fame Monster: The Cultural Politics of Lady Gaga”; “Blame It on the Bossa Nova: The Historical Transnational Phenomenon”; “The Sociology of the Living Dead: Zombie Films”; “Fairytales: Russia and the World.” No, these aren’t the names of the newest hit cable show—these are courses offered at accredited U.S. colleges … More

    Does Your Religion Define How You Think About Economics?

    The authors of a new Brookings Institution survey believe the American Dream is dead—or at least in trouble. And who’s to blame? Religious conservatives. Progressives, on the other hand, want everyone to have equal opportunities in the name of social justice—but with a caveat: If you start out ahead in … More