Evidence says educational inequality is hurting the U.S. economy

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  • Fern RL LAYTON, UT
    Jan. 14, 2013 12:49 p.m.

    I was interested in this quote from the article:

    "Low-income students often miss out on guidance from family members, can be easily swamped by mounting debts, and might feel pressure to contribute income toward their families."

    This is at the crux for understanding and avoiding the attitude some people may have who insist that the parents and students should be as responsible for education as the teachers. Most teachers have worked to get where they are with help from parents and other family members who were also capable of the support not possible in many disadvantaged families.

    I am not so much an advocate for socialistic programs, as for sympathetic hearts and individual efforts to reach across the divide to be more helpful towards those who are struggling.

  • Seek to understand Sandy, UT
    Jan. 1, 2013 11:13 a.m.

    This article is incredibly biased and tries to play upon people's sympathies to push a socialist agenda. I hope the lack of comments is because people are not buying this ridiculous viewpoint.

    Opportunity and measuring how able a low income family is able to move up the socioeconomic ladder is the only important factor. Measuring how many poor is ridiculous because you don't take into account the immigration factors.

    Essentially, if we have more immigrants coming here for the amazing opportunities that exist, and most of them are uneducated, don't speak English and are very poor, then the gaps are going to appear large. But who cares? Not those immigrants. It is worth everything to them just to have a shot at upward mobility.

    So the only relevant numbers are those that show how the poorest are able to improve their standing in one, two or three generations.

    Measuring "poverty" is meaningless when it comes to trying to craft social policy. Measuring mobility is important and as the immigrants know, America is still the best place for opportunity for the world's poorest people.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Dec. 28, 2012 7:48 p.m.

    Can some one define "educational inequality".

    Currently, low income areas get more funding, and benefits then the higher.

    Perhaps we should equal things out.

  • Midwest Mom Soldiers Grove, WI
    Dec. 28, 2012 7:42 p.m.

    Over a hundred comments about BYU fair weather fans and no interest in the great class divide growing in this country.

    "And the people began to be distinguished by ranks, according to their riches and their chances for learning; yea, some were ignorant because of their poverty, and others did receive great learning because of their riches ... And thus there became a great inequality in all the land." (3 Nephi 6:12&14)

    That says it all.